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A colorless to white variety of feldspar that is classified both as plagioclase feldspar and alkali feldspar, contains a high proportion of sodium to calcium and potassium and is a common constituent of igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks.
al·bit′ic (-bĭt′ĭk), al·bit′i·cal (-ĭ-kəl) adj.
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(Minerals) a colourless, milky-white, yellow, pink, green, or black mineral of the feldspar group and plagioclase series, found in igneous sedimentary and metamorphic rocks. It is used in the manufacture of glass and ceramics. Composition: sodium aluminium silicate. Formula: NaALSi3O8. Crystal structure: triclinic
[C19: from Latin albus white]
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the sodium end member of the plagioclase feldspar group, light-colored and found in igneous rocks that contain a high percentage of sodium and potassium alkali.
[1835–45; < Latin alb(us) white + -ite1]
al•bit′ic (-ˈbɪt ɪk) adj.
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