Definitions

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

  • n. Any of a series of variously colored, often fluorescent mineral silicates of aluminum, calcium, and sodium. Also called wernerite.

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  • n. Any of several mixed sodium and calcium aluminosilicates which also contain chloride, carbonate and sulfate and are found in metamorphic rocks

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A grayish white mineral occuring in tetragonal crystals and in cleavable masses. It is essentially a silicate of alumina and soda.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One of a group of minerals, silicates of aluminium and calcium, with sometimes sodium, also often containing chlorin in small amount.

Etymologies

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

Latin scāpus, stalk; see scape1 + -lite (from the prismatic shape of its crystals).

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Ancient Greek a staff, or Latin scapus a stem, stalk + -lite.

Examples

  • The south-western group consists of metasediments, charnokites and scapolite-bearing calc-granulites, while the highland group comprises khondalites of metamorphosed sediments and charnokites.

    Sinharaja Forest Reserve, Sri Lanka

  • Most significant is the presence of the Sinharaja Basic Zone, consisting of hornblende, pyriclasts, basic charnokites, pyroxene amphibolites and scapolite-bearing calc-granulites and blended with small amounts of quartzites, garnet-biotite gneisses and intermediate charnokites.

    Sinharaja Forest Reserve, Sri Lanka

  • The severe crushing to which the rock has been subjected has resulted in the conversion of the plagioclase into scapolite and also in the formation of zoisite by the characteristic alteration of the lime bearing silicate of the feldspar in conjunction with other constituents of the rock.

    The Long Labrador Trail

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