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mica

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Definition any of various minerals consisting of materials such as hydrous silicates of aluminum or potassium that crystallize in forms that allow perfect cleavage into very thin leaves
  • They swayed gently, and beneath the sun and water was mica behind them.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Nine Princes in Amber
  • The sun caught the broken mica in the old patched pavement as he made the U-turn.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • This is mica schist—siliceous mineral.
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • The sand itself was dark, glittering with silver mica.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass
  • He waited at the door until the sheriff came out—the fat man, with little wise eyes like bits of mica embedded in his fat, still face.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • Dead ahead there swelled up a smooth, symmetrical hummock, its slopes, flecked with mica, reflecting the sun like a massed array of heliographs.
    James Vance Marshall  --  Walkabout
  • "No, mica," said Josefina.
    Pam Munoz Ryan  --  Esperanza Rising
  • Where they'd resprinkled it since church, the talcum shone like mica on their downy arms.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
  • I found the inner wall to consist of a kind of talc, mingled with threads of asbestos, and also indications of mica.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • Stirred up by our footsteps, the mica–rich dust on this beach flew into the air like a cloud of sparks.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • Others found that mica, of which the melting point is 9000C.
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • "Handsome" ... Like mica-glints in the sidewalk, another phrase!
    Henry Roth  --  Call It Sleep
  • The shores of Earraid were close in; I could see in the moonlight the dots of heather and the sparkling of the mica in the rocks.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Kidnapped
  • The signs on cards, picked out with shining mica: Pies Like Mother Used to Make.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • His little eyes glittered like mica discs—with curiosity,—though he tried to keep up a bit of superciliousness.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • The overhead light was softened by a desk lamp with an amber mica shade.
    Amy Tan  --  The Bonesetter's Daughter
  • The dark ribbon you see is the Tiber cutting through the light, and those white flakes, like mica, are the large piazze.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • He looked down and was relieved to see a faint reflection off a surface—not the dirt and rock of the tunnel, but a floor smooth and dark like polished mica.
    William P. Young  --  The Shack
  • Where do you find a porcupine necktie in Mica, Arizona—or anywhere else, for that matter?
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Stargirl
  • Mr. Muldoon managed the mica mines, and his house had a long front porch with varnished floorboards, and the steps were varnished as well, and so was the swing.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread

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