phenakite


phen·a·kite

noun \ˈfe-nə-ˌkīt, ˈfē-\

Definition of PHENAKITE

:  a hard glassy mineral that consists of a silicate of beryllium and occurs especially in rhombohedral crystals

Variants of PHENAKITE

phen·a·kite or phen·a·cite \-ˌsīt\

Origin of PHENAKITE

German Phenakit, from Greek phenak-, phenax deceiver; from its being easily mistaken for quartz
First Known Use: circa 1834

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