triphylite

noun triph·y·lite \ ˈtrifəˌlīt \
variants: or less commonly triphyline \-lēn, -lə̇n\

Definition of triphylite

plural -s
:a grayish green or bluish orthorhombic phosphate of lithium, iron, and manganese isomorphous with lithiophilite and commonly massive

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Origin and Etymology of triphylite

triphylite alteration (influenced by -ite) of triphyline, from German triphylin, from tri- + phyl- + -in -ine; from its three bases


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