triphylite

noun

triph·​y·​lite
ˈtrifəˌlīt
variants or less commonly triphyline
-lēn,
-lə̇n
plural -s
: a grayish green or bluish orthorhombic phosphate of lithium, iron, and manganese isomorphous with lithiophilite and commonly massive

Word History

Etymology

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

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“Triphylite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/triphylite. Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

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