nephelinite

nephelinite
neph•e•lin•ite
[[t]ˈnɛf ə ləˌnaɪt[/t]] n.
a fine-grained, dark rock of volcanic origin, essentially a basalt containing nepheline but no feldspar and little or no olivine
Etymology: 1860–65 neph`e•li•nit′ic -ˈnɪt ɪk adj.

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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  • nephelinite — noun Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary Date: circa 1863 a silica deficient igneous rock having nepheline as the predominant mineral • nephelinitic adjective …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • nephelinite — nephelinitic /nef euh leuh nit ik/, adj. /nef euh leuh nuyt /, n. Petrog. a fine grained, dark rock of volcanic origin, essentially a basalt containing nepheline but no feldspar and little or no olivine. [1860 65; NEPHELINE + ITE1] * * * ▪ lava… …   Universalium

  • nephelinite — noun a dark, finely crystalline rock of volcanic origin, being a mixture of nepheline and pyroxene …   Wiktionary

  • nephelinite — neph·e·lin·ite …   English syllables

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  • nephelinite — noun an igneous rock consisting of nepheline and pyroxene • Hypernyms: ↑mineral • Substance Meronyms: ↑nepheline, ↑nephelite, ↑pyroxene …   Useful english dictionary

  • Geology of Tasmania — Tasmania has a varied geological history, with the world s biggest exposure of diabase, or dolerite. Rocks from the Neoproterozoic, Paleozoic and Mesozoic time periods appear. It is one of the few southern hemisphere areas glaciated during the… …   Wikipedia

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