macle

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from French macle, which in turn derives either from Latin macula (from Italic)[1] or from Latin mascula (from Germanic).[2] See mascle for more.

Noun[edit]

macle (plural macles)

  1. (mineralogy) Chiastolite; so called from the tessellated appearance of a cross-section.
  2. (mineralogy) A crystal having a similar tessellated appearance.
  3. (mineralogy) A twin crystal.

References[edit]

  1. ^ macle” in Dictionary.com Unabridged: Dictionary.com, LLC, 1995–.
  2. ^ macle” in the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: Merriam-Webster, 1996–.

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

The second sense is from Latin mascula, from Germanic (see English mascle for details).[1] The first sense either has the same origin,[2] or derives from macula (from Italic).[3]

Noun[edit]

macle f (plural macles)

  1. twin crystal
  2. (heraldry) mascle

Derived terms[edit]

Further reading[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ mascle” in Dictionary.com Unabridged: Dictionary.com, LLC, 1995–.
  2. ^ macle” in the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: Merriam-Webster, 1996–.
  3. ^ macle” in Dictionary.com Unabridged: Dictionary.com, LLC, 1995–.