phen·​a·​kite ˈfe-nə-ˌkīt How to pronounce phenakite (audio)
variants or phenacite
: a hard glassy mineral that consists of a silicate of beryllium and occurs especially in rhombohedral crystals

Word History


German Phenakit, from Greek phenak-, phenax deceiver; from its being easily mistaken for quartz

First Known Use

circa 1834, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of phenakite was circa 1834

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“Phenakite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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