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 There are two main sources: a salty brine that is pumped out of the ground and spodumene, a mineral contained in hard rocks. Amrith Ramkumar, WSJ, 13 Dec. 2021 Companies like Keliber of Finland have been granted EU funding to mine spodumene, while separately plans are moving forward to extract lithium from zinnwaldite in the German region of Saxony. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 11 Dec. 2021 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, 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 28 Sep. 2022.

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