Phonolite Pho"no*lite, n. [Phono- + -lite: cf. F. phonolithe.] (Min.) A compact, feldspathic, igneous rock containing nephelite, ha["u]ynite, etc. Thin slabs give a ringing sound when struck; -- called also {clinkstone}. [1913 Webster]

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  • phonolite — a kind of volcanic rock which rings when struck, c.1830, from PHONO (Cf. phono ) + LITE (Cf. lite). Replacing Ger. klingstein …   Etymology dictionary

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  • phonolite — phonolithe ou phonolite [ fɔnɔlit ] n. m. ou f. • 1823; phonolite 1807; de phono et lithe « pierre qui résonne » ♦ Minér. Trachyte feldspathique qui se présente sous forme de laves compactes, sonores sous le choc. Adj. PHONOLITHIQUE ou… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • phonolite — phonolitic /fohn l it ik/, adj. /fohn l uyt /, n. a fine grained volcanic rock composed chiefly of alkali feldspar and nepheline, some varieties of which split into pieces that ring on being struck. [1820 30; < F < G Phonolith. See PHONO , LITE]… …   Universalium

  • phonolite — noun Etymology: French, from German Phonolith, from phon + lith; from its ringing sound when struck Date: circa 1828 a gray or green volcanic rock consisting essentially of orthoclase and nepheline …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • phonolite — noun a light coloured rock of volcanic origin composed mostly of alkali feldspars …   Wiktionary

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  • phonolite — n. clinkstone, fine grained igneous rock; light colored volcanic rock composed mainly of feldspars (Geology) …   English contemporary dictionary

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