apophyllite

noun

: a mineral composed of a hydrous silicate of potassium, calcium, and fluorine that is related to the zeolites and is usually found in transparent square prisms or white or grayish masses

Word History

Etymology

French, from apo- + Greek phyllon leaf — more at blade

First Known Use

circa 1807, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of apophyllite was circa 1807

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“Apophyllite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/apophyllite. Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

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