from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A colorless to milky white mineral of the potassium feldspar group that forms from relatively low-temperature magmas and lacks structural homogeneity.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A variety of the common potash feldspar orthoclase, occurring in highly lustrous transparent or translucent crystals. It often exhibits a delicate opalescent play of colors, and is then called
moonstone(which see). Fine specimens are obtained from various localities in the Alps.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (Min.) A transparent or translucent variety of common feldspar, or orthoclase, which often shows pearly opalescent reflections; -- called by lapidaries
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun A variety of
orthoclase feldsparfound as colorless to white prismaticcrystals in cavities in metamorphic rocks. Some specimens reflect a bluish sheen along crystal faces. This phenomenon is called adularescence, and adularia with this property is called moonstone. (See sanidine).
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
[Italian, from French adulaire, after Adula, a mountain group of southeast Switzerland.]
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