nephelinite

noun
neph·e·lin·ite | \ˈne-fə-lə-ˌnīt \

Definition of nephelinite 

: a silica-deficient igneous rock having nepheline as the predominant mineral

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nephelinitic \ˌne-fə-lə-ˈni-tik \ adjective

First Known Use of nephelinite

circa 1863, in the meaning defined above

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