-phane


  1. a combining form occurring in the names of substances, especially minerals, that seem like or have the qualities of that named by the initial element: collophane, hydrophane.

Origin of -phane

1
<Greek -phanēs, adjective derivative of phaínesthai to seem, appear; cf. allophane, -phany

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How to use -phane in a sentence

  • He was married to a giantess called Phane; hence Phanefjord.

    A Danish Parsonage | John Fulford Vicary

British Dictionary definitions for -phane

-phane

n combining form
  1. indicating something resembling a specified substance: cellophane

Origin of -phane

1
from Greek phainein to shine, (in passive) appear

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