muscovite

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Muscovite
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Etymology[edit]

In 1850 from Muscovy glass +‎ -ite, from the province Muscovy in Russia. Named by James Dwight Dana.[1]

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muscovite ‎(countable and uncountable, plural muscovites)

  1. (mineralogy) A pale brown mineral of the mica group, being a basic potassium aluminosilicate with the chemical formula KAl2(Si3Al)O10(OH,F)2; used as an electrical insulator etc.
    • 2009, James S. Monroe; Reed Wicander, The Changing Earth: Exploring Geology and Evolution, 5th edition, Belmont, Calif.: Brooks/Cole, ISBN 978-0-495-55480-6, page 76:
      Do you enjoy the amber glow seen through the isinglass window of a wood stove? [] Muscovite (colorless, white, or pale red or green) mica is also common []; it was named for Moskva (Moscow), where much of Europe's mica was mined. Isinglass, mentioned above, consists of thin, transparent sheets of muscovite.

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  1. ^ Richard V. Gaines, H. Catherine W. Skinner, Eugene E. Foord, Brian Mason, and Abraham Rosenzweig: Dana's new mineralogy, John Wiley & Sons, 1997