leucophanite

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A crystal of leucophanite on a needle of aegirine.

Etymology[edit]

Originally named Leukophan (1840) by the Norwegian mineralogist Jens Esmark, in allusion to its whitish color, from Ancient Greek λευκός (leukós, white) + φαίνω (phaínō, appear). The suffix -ite, added later, is used to form nouns denoting minerals.

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Noun[edit]

leucophanite (countable and uncountable, plural leucophanites)

  1. (mineralogy) A sorosilicate mineral that occurs in pegmatites and alkali igneous complexes as yellow, greenish or white triclinic crystals.

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