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1. A colorless or white mineral, NaCl, occurring as cubic crystals and found in dried lakebeds in arid climates, mined or gathered for use as table salt.
2. Rock salt.
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(Minerals) a colourless or white mineral sometimes tinted by impurities, found in beds as an evaporite. It is used to produce common salt and chlorine. Composition: sodium chloride. Formula: NaCl. Crystal structure: cubic. Also called: rock salt
[C19: from New Latin halītes; see halo-, -ite2]
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hal•ite(ˈhæl aɪt, ˈheɪ laɪt)
a soft grayish mineral, sodium chloride, NaCl, occurring as masses of interlocking cubic crystals; rock salt.
[1865–70; < Greek hal-, s. of háls salt + -ite1]
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A colorless or white mineral consisting of sodium chloride and occurring as cubic crystals. Halite is found in dried lakebeds in arid climates and is used as table salt.
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Rock salt: sodium chloride.
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|Noun||1.||halite - naturally occurring crystalline sodium chloride|
atomic number 11, Na, sodium - a silvery soft waxy metallic element of the alkali metal group; occurs abundantly in natural compounds (especially in salt water); burns with a yellow flame and reacts violently in water; occurs in sea water and in the mineral halite (rock salt)
mineral - solid homogeneous inorganic substances occurring in nature having a definite chemical composition
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