One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A translucent, typically grayish-white aluminosilicate mineral which is an important source of lithium.
- ‘The dike is characterized by a greater abundance of muscovite than biotite; it also contains columbite-tantalite, cassiterite, beryl, spodumene, lepidolite, montebrasite, pollucite, and tourmaline.’
- ‘They are often associated with large crystals of kunzite, the lilac-colored variety of spodumene.’
- ‘Purple lepidolite and gray spodumene also can be found, and microcrystals of mangano-columbite are common.’
- ‘It never occurs as a free element, but is found in minerals such as spodumene, petalite, and lepidolite.’
- ‘Autunite is widespread in the eastern United States and is particularly well known as an accessory in complex pegmatites that have been prospected for mica, feldspar, spodumene, and gems.’
Early 19th century: from French spodumène, from Greek spodoumenos ‘burning to ashes’, present participle of spodousthai, from spodos ‘ashes’.
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