[ trahy-klin-ik ]
/ traɪˈklɪn ɪk /

adjective Crystallography.

noting or pertaining to a system of crystallization in which the three axes are unequal and intersect at oblique angles.

Nearby words

  1. trickster,
  2. tricksy,
  3. tricktrack,
  4. tricky,
  5. triclad,
  6. triclinium,
  7. tricolette,
  8. tricolor,
  9. tricolor camera,
  10. tricolored heron

Origin of triclinic

1850–55; tri- + Greek klī́n(ein) to lean1, slope + -ic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for triclinic

  • All the sodium, sodium-calcium, and calcium species are triclinic, except the rare monoclinic sodium felspar barbierite.

  • This is a soda Feldspar and is triclinic, but exhibits the color characteristic of moonstone.

  • In the triclinic system there are three unequal axes and these intersections are all oblique.

    The A B C of Mining|Charles A. Bramble
  • They are triclinic, with cleavages meeting at approximately 86 degrees.

    Geology|William J. Miller

British Dictionary definitions for triclinic


/ (traɪˈklɪnɪk) /


relating to or belonging to the crystal system characterized by three unequal axes, no pair of which are perpendicularAlso: anorthic
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Science definitions for triclinic


[ trī-klĭnĭk ]

Relating to a crystal having three axes of different lengths intersecting at oblique angles. The mineral microcline (a type of feldspar) has triclinic crystals. See illustration at crystal.
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