Definition of fayalite in English:

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fayalite

Pronunciation: /fəˈyälˌīt/

noun

A black or brown mineral that is an iron-rich form of olivine and occurs in many igneous rocks.
Example sentences
  • These minerals occur with manganoan fayalite and manganoan magnetite in a single sample.
  • Several pools of syenitic magma were separated from the main body of the melt, each eventually being emplaced as quartz syenite, fayalite granite, and riebeckite granite.
  • Associated with the fayalite are quartz, amphibole, and magnetite.

Origin

Mid 19th century: from Fayal (the name of an island in the Azores) + -ite1.

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Syllabification: fay·al·ite

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