phenakite

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noun phen·a·kite \ ˈfe-nə-ˌkīt , ˈfē- \
variants: or phenacite play \ˈfe-nə-ˌsīt, ˈfē-\

Definition of phenakite

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

Origin and Etymology of phenakite

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


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