From Ancient Greek ξανθός (xanthós, “yellow”) and φύλλον (phúllon, “leaf”), for its color and micaceous appearance, + -ite.
xanthophyllite (usually uncountable, plural xanthophyllites)
- (mineralogy, outdated) A synonym of clintonite. The International Mineralogical Association's Commission on New Minerals, Nomenclature and Classification (CNMNC) recommends using clintonite as a replacement in all cases.
- ^ “Nomenclature of the Micas”, in The Canadian Mineralogist, volume 36, issue 3, The Mineralogical Association of Canada, 1998, ISSN 1499-1276, OCLC 818930682, pages 905-912