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  1. a mineral, a rare phosphate of lithium, iron, and manganese, usually occurring in masses of a bluish or greenish color.
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Origin of triphylite

1830–40; tri- + Greek phȳl(ḗ) tribe, phyle + -ite1; replacing triphyline < German Triphylin
Also called triph·y·line [trif-uh-leen, -lin] /ˈtrɪf əˌlin, -lɪn/.
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British Dictionary definitions for triphylite


  1. a bluish-grey rare mineral that consists of lithium iron phosphate in orthorhombic crystalline form and occurs in pegmatites. Formula: LiFePO 4
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Word Origin for triphylite

C19: from tri- + phyl-, from Greek phulon family + -ite 1, referring to its three bases
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