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[fel-uh-nee] /ˈfɛl ə ni/

noun, plural felonies. Law.
an offense, as murder or burglary, of graver character than those called misdemeanors, especially those commonly punished in the U.S. by imprisonment for more than a year.
Early English Law. any crime punishable by death or mutilation and forfeiture of lands and goods.
noun (pl) -nies
(formerly) a serious crime, such as murder or arson. All distinctions between felony and misdemeanour were abolished in England and Wales in 1967

late 13c. as a term in common law, in Anglo-French, from Old French felonie (12c.) “wickedness, evil, treachery, perfidy, crime, cruelty, sin,” from Gallo-Romance *fellonia, from fellonem (see felon).
felony [(fel-uh-nee)]

A grave crime, such as murder, rape, or burglary, that is punishable by death (see capital offense) or imprisonment in a state or federal facility.


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  • Felsic

    [fel-sik] /ˈfɛl sɪk/ adjective, Geology. 1. (of rocks) consisting chiefly of , feldspathoids, quartz, and other light-colored minerals. adj. 1912, from feldspar + silica + -ic. felsic (fěl’sĭk) Relating to an igneous rock that contains a group of light-colored silicate minerals, including feldspar, feldspathoid, quartz, and muscovite. Compare mafic.

  • Felsite

    [fel-sahyt] /ˈfɛl saɪt/ noun 1. a dense, fine-grained, igneous rock consisting typically of feldspar and quartz, both of which may appear as phenocrysts. /ˈfɛlsaɪt/ noun 1. any fine-grained igneous rock consisting essentially of quartz and feldspar felsite (fěl’sīt’) A fine-grained, light-colored igneous rock, consisting mainly of feldspar and quartz.

  • Felspar

    [fel-spahr] /ˈfɛlˌspɑr/ noun 1. . /ˈfɛlˌspɑː/ noun 1. a variant (esp Brit) of feldspar

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