Any of the → feldspar minerals consisting of a mixture of → sodium and → calcium → aluminium → silicates in triclinic crystalline form. Members of the plagioclase group are the most common rock-forming minerals. They are important or dominant minerals in most → igneous rocks of the → Earth's crust.
From Ger. Plagioclase, from Gk. plagio- a combining form meaning "oblique," + clase a suffix used in the formation of compound words that denote minerals with a particular cleavage, as specified by the initial element.
A small group of dwellings in a rural area, usually ranking in size between a hamlet and a town.
M.E. village, from O.Fr. village, from L. villaticus, ultimately from L. villa "country house," related to vicus "village, group of houses," vecinus "neighbor;" cf. Mid.Pers. wis "village," Manichean Mid.Pers. wys "to repose;" Khotanese bäsā "house;" O.Pers. viθ- "settlement;" Av. vis- "to enter;" cf. Skt. vis- "house;" Albanian vis- "place;" Gothic weihs "village;" E. suffix wich, -wick (as in Norwich and Brunswick); Iranian dialects/languages Xonsâri hos "house, home;" Lori, Laki hoš, höš, hovš "house, home;" Baluci ges "house, home;" Kermânshahi, Ilâmi, Lori huz "clan, family, tribe;" Parachi γos, γus "house, home;" Wakhi wiš- / wišt- "to set [of sun];" Yaghnavi wes-, ves- "to go down;" PIE *ueik- "to settle (down)."
Deh, dehkadé, from Mid.Pers. dêh "village, settlement, country;" loaned into Armenian deh "district;" O.Pers./Av. dahyu- "country."