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neph·e·line(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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|Noun||1.||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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