A name given to a group of minerals, closely related in crystalline form, and all silicates of alumina with either potash, soda, lime, or, in one case, baryta. They occur in crystals and crystalline masses, vitreous in luster, and breaking rather easily in two directions at right angles to each other, or nearly so. The colours are usually white or nearly white, flesh-red, bluish, or greenish. (The Online Plain Text English Dictionary)

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