feldspar

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feldspar

[feld′spär]
Etymology: Ger, feld, field, spath, spar
a crystalline mineral of aluminum silicate with potassium, sodium, barium, and calcium. It melts over a range of 593.5° C to 1093° C (1100° F to 2000° F) and is an important component of dental porcelain.

feldspar (feld´spär),

n a crystalline mineral of aluminum silicate with po-tassium, sodium, barium, or calcium– NaAlSi3O8 or KAlSi3O8. Feldspar melts over a range of 1,100°F to 2,000°F (593.5°C to 1093.5°C). An important constituent of dental porcelain.
feldspar, orthoclase ceramic,
n a clay found in large quantity in the solid crust of the earth. It acts as a filler and imparts body to the fused dental porcelain.