Meaning of halite in English:

halite

noun

mass noun
  • Sodium chloride as a mineral, typically occurring as colourless cubic crystals; rock salt.

    • ‘In addition to quartz, fluid inclusions can occur in carbonates, gypsum, halite, fluorite, feldspar, garnet, pyroxene, amphibole, tourmaline, olivine, and sphalerite; indeed in most minerals except phyllosilicates.’
    • ‘The most common minerals of chlorine are halite, or rock salt, sylvite, and carnallite.’
    • ‘Although relatively simple, this system offers a wide range of minerals to depict (e.g., fluorite, halite, pyrite, and so forth).’
    • ‘Sodium chloride (chemical formula NaCl), known as table salt, rock salt, sea salt, and the mineral halite, is an ionic compound consisting of cube-shaped crystals composed of the elements sodium and chlorine.’
    • ‘If the test sample is halite (only sodium ions), then the washing remains clear, being composed of soluble sodium chloride and soluble sodium tetraphenylborate.’

Origin

Mid 19th century from Greek hals ‘salt’ + -ite.

Pronunciation

halite

/ˈhalʌɪt/