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  1. a clay mineral, an amorphous hydrous silicate of aluminum, occurring in blue, green, or yellow, resinous to earthy masses.
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Origin of allophane

1835–45; < Greek allophanḗs, equivalent to allo- allo- + phan- (stem of phaínesthai to appear) + -ēs adj. suffix
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British Dictionary definitions for allophane


  1. a variously coloured amorphous mineral consisting of hydrated aluminium silicate and occurring in cracks in some sedimentary rocks
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Word Origin

C19: from Greek allophanēs appearing differently, from allo- + phainesthai to appear
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