feldspar (also felspar) NOUN a pale rock-forming silicate mineral.
ORIGIN German Feldspat 'field spar' .

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  • Feldspar — is the name of a group of rock forming minerals which make up as much as 60% of the Earth s crust.Feldspar. [http://www.ima na.org/about industrial minerals/feldspar.asp What is Feldspar?] Industrial Minerals Association. Retrieved on July 18… …   Wikipedia

  • Feldspar — Feld spar , Feldspath Feld spath , n. [G. feldspath; feld field + spath spar.] (Min.) A name given to a group of minerals, closely related in crystalline form, and all silicates of alumina with either potash, soda, lime, or, in one case, baryta.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • feldspar — 1785, earlier feldspath (1757), from Ger. Feldspath (Mod.Ger. Feldspat), from Feld field (see FIELD (Cf. field) (n.)) + spath spar, non metallic mineral, gypsum (see SPAR (Cf. spar) (n.2)); spelling influenced by English spar …   Etymology dictionary

  • feldspar — [feld′spär΄] n. [altered < Ger feldspath (now feldspat) < feld, FIELD + spath, spar < IE base * spe , long, flat board > SPOON, SPADE1] any of several light colored, hard, glassy, monoclinic or triclinic minerals made up of aluminum… …   English World dictionary

  • feldspar — /feld spahr , fel /, n. any of a group of minerals, principally aluminosilicates of potassium, sodium, and calcium, characterized by two cleavages at nearly right angles: one of the most important constituents of igneous rocks. Also, felspar.… …   Universalium

  • feldspar — noun Etymology: modification of obsolete German Feldspath (now Feldspat), from German Feld field + obsolete German Spath (now Spat) spar Date: 1772 any of a group of crystalline minerals that consist of aluminum silicates with either potassium,… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • feldspar — noun Any of a large group of rock forming minerals that, together, make up about 60% of the earths outer crust. The feldspars are all aluminum silicates of the alkali metals sodium, potassium, calcium and barium. Feldspars are the principal… …   Wiktionary

  • feldspar —   the generic name for a group of minerals made up of aluminium silicate along with calcium, potassium or sodium. A component of granite …   Geography glossary

  • feldspar — feld|spar [ˈfeldspa: US a:r] n [U] [Date: 1700 1800; : German; Origin: feldspath, from feld field + spath type of mineral] a type of grey or white mineral …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • feldspar — feld|spar [ fel,spar ] noun uncount a type of hard pale stone …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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