spod·​u·​mene | \ ˈspä-jə-ˌmēn How to pronounce spodumene (audio) \

Definition of spodumene

: a white to yellowish, purplish, or emerald-green monoclinic mineral that is a silicate of lithium and aluminum and occurs in prismatic crystals often of great size

Examples of spodumene in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Last year, auto maker Great Wall Motor bought a $28 million stake in Pilbara Mineral, an Australian lithium mine and signed a contract for a delivery of 150,000 tons of lithium-yielding spodumene from the company’s mine in Western Australia. William Wilkes, WSJ, "Surging Demand for Lithium Spurs Interest in European Mines," 13 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of spodumene

1893, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for spodumene

probably from French spodumène, from German Spodumen, from Greek spodoumenos, present participle of spodousthai to be burnt to ashes, from spodos ashes

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“Spodumene.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spodumene. Accessed 9 Aug. 2020.

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