Definition of sodalite in English:

sodalite

noun

  • A blue mineral consisting mainly of an aluminosilicate and chloride of sodium, occurring chiefly in alkaline igneous rocks.

    ‘Associated minerals include various pyroxenes and zeolites in addition to the more familiar lazurite, sodalite, pyrite, and carbonates.’
    • ‘Lazurite, the deep blue variety of sodalite with sulphur replacing some of the chlorine, is dominant in lapis-lazuli.’
    • ‘The intermediate zone consists of massive lilac-gray sodalite with inclusions of nepheline, dark green aegirine, and pale green fluorapatite.’
    • ‘The minerals in my set include fluorite, a very pretty piece of sodalite, and a nice piece of polished tiger eye.’
    • ‘The province is also endowed with other non-traditional minerals including nickel, feldspar, emerald, limestone, granite, amethyst, sodalite and syenite.’

Pronunciation

sodalite

/ˈsōdlˌīt/ /ˈsoʊdlˌaɪt/

Origin

Early 19th century from soda+ -lite.