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 (fĕld-spăth′oid′, fĕl-)
Any of a group of relatively rare minerals that are chemically very similar to feldspars, but have too little silica to qualify as feldspars.

[feldspath (obsolete variant of feldspar, from obsolete German Feldspath, feldspar; see feldspar) + -oid.]


(ˈfɛldspəˌθɔɪd) or


(Geological Science) any of a group of rock-forming minerals, such as leucite and sodalite, that are similar to feldspars but contain less silica


(ˈfɛld spæˌθɔɪd, ˈfɛl-)

1. Also, feld`spath•oi′dal. of or pertaining to a group of minerals similar in chemical composition to certain feldspars except for a lower silica content.
2. a mineral of this group, as nepheline or leucite.
[1895–1900; < German Feldspat(h) (see feldspar) + -oid]
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In its thin sections, the rock has a hypo-crystalline matrix which is composed of porphyritic texture and is rich in a sprinkled opaque mineral, plagioclase, feldspathoid mineral and obsidian.
2] alkaline intrusive complex comprising a carbonatite core that is surrounded by nepheline syenite, feldspathoid syenite and other mafic intrusive phases.
It is a partially decomposed granite feldspathoid having a greater diversity of alkaloids causing it to go into a gradual melt with less surface tension than true feldspars.