sy·​e·​nite | \ ˈsī-ə-ˌnīt How to pronounce syenite (audio) \

Definition of syenite

: an igneous rock composed chiefly of feldspar

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syenitic \ ˌsī-​ə-​ˈni-​tik How to pronounce syenitic (audio) \ adjective

Examples of syenite in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Erik Rintamaki is credited with finding the sodalite-rich syenite rocks in 2017 on a Lake Superior beach near Brimley. USA TODAY, "Glowing rock fight, Statehouse stash, hometown hero: News from around our 50 states," 15 July 2019

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First Known Use of syenite

circa 1796, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for syenite

Latin Syenites (lapis) stone of Syene, from Syene, ancient city in Egypt

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The first known use of syenite was circa 1796

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“Syenite.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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