microcline

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Microcline
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Etymology[edit]

micro- ("small") + -cline

Noun[edit]

microcline (uncountable)

  1. (mineralogy) A common feldspar of igneous, plutonic, and metamorphic rocks, made of potassium aluminum silicate, with the chemical formula KAlSi3O8. Microcline is the main feldspar of granite. The bluish-green variety is called amazonstone, and is sometimes of gem quality. Used in ceramics, ceramic glazes, and as a scouring powder.

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