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triphylite

[ trif-uh-lahyt ]
/ ˈtrɪf əˌlaɪt /
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noun
a mineral, a rare phosphate of lithium, iron, and manganese, usually occurring in masses of a bluish or greenish color.
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Also called triph·y·line [trif-uh-leen, -lin]. /ˈtrɪf əˌlin, -lɪn/.

Origin of triphylite

1830–40; tri- + Greek phȳl() tribe, phyle + -ite1; replacing triphyline<German Triphylin
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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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