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triphylite

[trif-uh-lahyt] /ˈtrɪf əˌlaɪt/
noun
1.
a mineral, a rare phosphate of lithium, iron, and manganese, usually occurring in masses of a bluish or greenish color.
Also called triphyline
[trif-uh-leen, -lin] /ˈtrɪf əˌlin, -lɪn/ (Show IPA)
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Origin of triphylite
1830-1840
1830-40; tri- + Greek phȳl(ḗ) tribe, phyle + -ite1; replacing triphyline < German Triphylin
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British Dictionary definitions for triphylite

triphylite

/ˈtrɪfɪˌlaɪt/
noun
1.
a bluish-grey rare mineral that consists of lithium iron phosphate in orthorhombic crystalline form and occurs in pegmatites. Formula: LiFePO4
Word Origin
C19: from tri- + phyl-, from Greek phulon family + -ite1, referring to its three bases
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