- a mineral, lithium aluminum silicate, LiAlSi2O6, occurring in prismatic crystals, transparent varieties being used as gems.
Origin of spodumene
1795–1805; < French spodumène < German Spodumen < Greek spodoúmenos, present participle of spodoûsthai to be burned to ashes (derivative of spodós wood ash)
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Examples from the Web for spodumene
In 1881 J. Lawrence Smith proved it to be spodumene, and named it.
After quartz come corundum (Oriental amethyst), spinel (almandine spinel), garnet (almandine), and spodumene (variety kunzite).
Spodumene, of which Kunzite is a variety, cleaves almost too easily to be durable.
The stone was said to be spodumene, of a very high class, and had a a lilac tint theretofore unknown.
Spodumene gems always are found in pockets in the rock, and they are always hidden in wet clay in these pockets.
- a greyish-white, green, or lilac pyroxene mineral consisting of lithium aluminium silicate in monoclinic crystalline form. It is an important ore of lithium and is used in the manufacture of glass and ceramics and as a gemstone. Formula: LiAlSi 2 O 6
C19: from French spodumène, from German Spodumen, from Greek spodoumenos, from spodousthai to be burnt to ashes, from spodos wood ash