phonolite

noun
pho·​no·​lite | \ ˈfō-nə-ˌlīt How to pronounce phonolite (audio) \

Definition of phonolite

: a gray or green volcanic rock consisting essentially of orthoclase and nepheline

First Known Use of phonolite

1831, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for phonolite

borrowed from French, from phono- phono- + -lite -lite, as loan translation of German Klingstein; so called from the metallic ringing sound it makes when struck

Note: The word was perhaps introduced by the French mineralogist Alexandre Brongniart (1770-1847), who used it in Traité élémentaire de minéralogie, tome premier (Paris, 1807), p. 353.

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“Phonolite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/phonolite. Accessed 5 Dec. 2021.

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