pla·​gio·​clase | \ ˈplā-j(ē-)ə-ˌklās How to pronounce plagioclase (audio) , ˈpla-, -ˌklāz \

Definition of plagioclase

: a triclinic feldspar especially : one having calcium or sodium in its composition

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Recent Examples on the Web Basalt is a volcanic rock composed of augite and sometimes plagioclase and magnetite, which says nothing. Louise Erdrich, The New Yorker, "The Stone," 2 Sep. 2019 It’s mostly made of plagioclase, a rock formed out of molten magma. Brian Resnick, Vox, "How Apollo moon rocks reveal the epic history of the cosmos," 15 July 2019 Apollo 11 samples showed that the lunar highlands (bright, high-standing regions as opposed to the dark lunar maria in low-lying areas) contain high concentrations of the mineral plagioclase. Erica Jawin, Scientific American, "Apollo’s Bounty: The Science of the Moon Rocks," 2 July 2019 Your average Hood plagioclase crystal that formed 21,000 years ago might have spent only 1-12% of its entire history, a few hundred to a few thousand years, in conditions that would have allowed eruption of the magma (think: hot). Erik Klemetti, WIRED, "The Ephemeral Nature of Magma Prior to Eruption," 17 Feb. 2014

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First Known Use of plagioclase

circa 1868, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for plagioclase

Greek plagios oblique + klasis breaking, from klan to break — more at clast

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“Plagioclase.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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