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  1. a rare vitreous mineral, beryllium silicate, Be2SiO4, occurring in crystals, sometimes used as a gem.
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Also phen·a·kite [fen-uh-kahyt] /ˈfɛn əˌkaɪt/.

Origin of phenacite

1825–35; < Greek phenak- (stem of phénax) a cheat, quack + -ite1
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British Dictionary definitions for phenacite


phenakite (ˈfɛnəˌkaɪt)

  1. a colourless or white glassy mineral consisting of beryllium silicate in hexagonal crystalline form: occurs in veins in granite. Formula: Be 2 SiO 4
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Word Origin for phenacite

C19: from Greek phenax a cheat, because of its deceptive resemblance to quartz
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