triphylite

[ trif-uh-lahyt ]
/ ˈtrɪf əˌlaɪt /

noun

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

Nearby words

  1. triphibious,
  2. triphosphate,
  3. triphosphoric acid,
  4. triphthong,
  5. triphyline,
  6. triphyllous,
  7. tripinnate,
  8. tripitaka,
  9. triplane,
  10. triple

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

triphylite

/ (ˈtrɪfɪˌlaɪt) /

noun

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

Word Origin for triphylite

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

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