from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun An igneous rock composed primarily of alkali feldspar together with other minerals, such as hornblende.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun In the quantitative system of classification (see
rock), a proposed general field-term for a phaneric igneous rock composed of dominant feldspar of any kind, with subordinate amounts of mica, hornblende, pyroxene, or other minerals, and without a noticeable amount of quartz
- noun A rock composed of feldspar and hornblende, with or without quartz.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun Orig., a rock composed of quartz, hornblende, and feldspar, anciently quarried at
Syene, in Upper Egypt, and now called granite.
- noun A granular, crystalline, ingeous rock composed of orthoclase and hornblende, the latter often replaced or accompanied by pyroxene or mica. Syenite sometimes contains nephelite (elæolite) or leucite, and is then called
nephelite (elæolite) syeniteor leucite syenite.
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- noun geology, obsolete
- noun geology An
igneous rockcomposed of feldsparand hornblende
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
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Is it real science -- or what is it -- which would label syenite
Practical Taxidermy A manual of instruction to the amateur in collecting, preserving, and setting up natural history specimens of all kinds. To which is added a chapter upon the pictorial arrangement of museums. With additional instructions in modelling and artistic taxidermy.
Its quarries, with those of Rohannou, were the principal ones of Egypt; they supplied a certain kind of red granite called syenite, out of which were cut the obelisks, monolithic temples, the colossus, etc.
It is a portion of the great marine glacial drift of the midland counties of England, and contains blocks, some of large size, not only of the Oolite of the neighbourhood, but of Chalk and other rocks transported from still greater distances, such as syenite, basalt, quartz, and New Red Sandstone.
Canadian feldspar nepheline syenite is sometimes used to lower bisk firing temperatures.
In the second Pyramid are the records of the priests, written on tablets of syenite, to each priest his tablet, whereon are engraved the wonders of his craft and his feats; and on the walls are the human figures like idols, working with their hands at all manner of mechanism and seated on stepped thrones.
The ancients say that, in the western Pyramid, are thirty chambers of parti-coloured syenite, full of precious gems and treasures galore and rare images and utensils and costly weapons which are anointed with egromantic unguents, so that they may not rust until the day of
Mount Warning itself represents the original neck of the volcano which, being more resistant (comprising syenite, gabbro and monzonite) than the surrounding basalt and rhyolite, remains as an isolated plug.
Mount Mulanje consists of a cluster of coalescing plutonic intrusions of syenite, quartz-syenite and granite, which are uplifted and faulted.
Then he passed through the gate into a courtyard and found a vaulted doorway builded of hardest syenite 462 inlaid with sundry kinds of multi-coloured marble.
After following the auction for a week and not bidding, Beals, an Easton resident, snatched the piece of Plymouth syenite with just four seconds remaining, beating out bidders who had sought the famed rock since it was first offered on the Internet auction site a week ago.