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microcline Line breaks: micro|cline
Pronunciation: /ˈmʌɪkrə(ʊ)klʌɪn/

Definition of microcline in English:


[mass noun]
A green, pink, or brown crystalline mineral consisting of potassium-rich feldspar, characteristic of granite and pegmatites.
Example sentences
  • They collected several pegmatite pockets in which topaz was associated with both clear and smoky quartz, microcline, albite, muscovite, fluorite, and cassiterite.
  • Also associated with smoky quartz are microcline, fluorite, goethite (some as ‘onegite’), and topaz.
  • The pegmatite is composed of microcline, plagioclase and quartz with minor amounts of clinopyroxene, orthopyroxene, ilmenite and zircon.


Mid 19th century: from German Microklin, from Greek mikros 'small' + klinein 'to lean' (because its angle of cleavage differs only slightly from 90 degrees).

Words that rhyme with microcline

coastline • clothesline
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