Definition of oligoclase in English:

oligoclase

Line breaks: oligo|clase
Pronunciation: /ˈɒlɪgə(ʊ)kleɪz
 
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noun

[mass noun]
  • A feldspar mineral common in siliceous igneous rocks, consisting of a sodium-rich plagioclase (with more calcium than albite).
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    • It is composed of quartz, oligoclase, and microcline, with minor garnet, biotite, muscovite and iron-oxides.
    • Here it was found sparsely as rounded grains associated with pargasite, diopside, oligoclase and lazurite.
    • They range from bytownite - labradorite in basalts and gabbros, andesine - oligoclase in diorites and andesites to albite in granites and rhyolites.

Origin

mid 19th century: from oligo- 'relatively little' + Greek klasis 'breaking' (because thought to have a less perfect cleavage than albite).

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