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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A white to yellowish red monoclinic mineral of the potassium feldspar group that forms from medium- to low-temperature magmas.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Common or potash feldspar, a silicate of aluminium and potassium, occurring in monoclinic crystals and also massive.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Min.) Common or potash feldspar crystallizing in the monoclinic system and having two cleavages at right angles to each other. See feldspar.

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  • noun mineralogy Potassium aluminum silicate, KAlSi3O8, a common feldspar of igneous, plutonic, and metamorphic rocks. Orthoclase is the main feldspar of pegmatite occurrences, where it is most commonly flesh-colored. Orthoclase is used in the ceramic and glass industries and as a decorative gravel.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a white or colored monoclinic feldspar

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Greek ortho-, ortho- + Greek klasis, a breaking (from klān, to break).]

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ortho- +‎ Ancient Greek κλαστός (klastos, "broken")

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