adjective id·i·oph·a·nous \¦idē¦äfənəs\

Definition of idiophanous

of a crystal

  1. :  exhibiting interference figures without the aid of a polariscope

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Origin and Etymology of idiophanous

idio- + phan- (from Greek phainein to show) + -ous — more at fancy

First Known Use: 1892

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a trip made at another's expense

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