Noun Adularia Definition and Examples


Noun:

Adularia

Pronunciation:

/ˌadʒʊˈlɛːrɪə//ˌadjʊˈlɛːrɪə/

Definition:
1.

noun

A potassium feldspar that occurs in schists (notably in the Swiss Alps), often with a distinctive opalescence, and is now regarded as a variety of orthoclase.
    ((n.) A transparent or translucent variety of common feldspar, or orthoclase, which often shows pearly opalescent reflections; -- called by lapidaries moonstone.)


    Origin:
    Late 18th century; earliest use found in The Critical Review. From Italian adularia from Adula, the name of an area of the Alps east of the St Gotthard Pass + -ia, with insertion of -r- apparently for euphony.

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