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 (nĕf′ə-lēn′, -lĭn) also neph·e·lite (-līt′)
A mineral of sodium-aluminum or potassium-aluminum silicate, occurring worldwide in igneous rocks and used in the manufacture of ceramics and enamels.

[From Greek nephelē, cloud (because its fragments become cloudy when placed in nitric acid); see nebh- in Indo-European roots.]

neph′e·lin′ic (-lĭn′ĭk) adj.
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Noun1.nephelite - a whitish mineral consisting of sodium aluminum silicate or potassium aluminum silicate in crystalline form; used in the manufacture of ceramics and enamels
mineral - solid homogeneous inorganic substances occurring in nature having a definite chemical composition
nephelinite - an igneous rock consisting of nepheline and pyroxene
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(ii) transferring stable silicon-rich components, such as kaolinite and quartz, to easily soluble compounds, for example, albite and nephelite: in order to improve the Si[O.sub.2] extraction efficiency [24], as-treated coal gangue materials were mixed with [Na.sub.2]C[O.sub.3] in the respect mass ratio of 0.8, 0.9,1.0,1.2,1.3,1.4,1.5, and 1.6 and calcinated at 750[degrees]C, 800[degrees]C, 850[degrees]C, and 900[degrees]C for 1,2, 3, 4, and 5 hours,