One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A mineral of the mica group containing lithium, typically grey or lilac in colour.
- ‘It never occurs as a free element, but is found in minerals such as spodumene, petalite, and lepidolite.’
- ‘Gases penetrating rock crevices allow the slow formation of lepidolite, topaz and tourmaline.’
- ‘It was a large piece rectangular rock, possibly lepidolite, carved with strange, flowing markings.’
- ‘Morganite and quartz crystals are sometimes found within balls of fine-grained lepidolite within the pockets.’
- ‘Its most common ores are lepidolite, carnallite, and pollucite.’
Late 18th century: from Greek lepis, lepid- ‘scale’ + -lite.
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