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phenacite

[fen-uh-sahyt] /ˈfɛn əˌsaɪt/
noun
1.
a rare vitreous mineral, beryllium silicate, Be 2 SiO 4 , occurring in crystals, sometimes used as a gem.
Also, phenakite
[fen-uh-kahyt] /ˈfɛn əˌkaɪt/ (Show IPA)
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Origin of phenacite
1825-1835
1825-35; < Greek phenak- (stem of phénax) a cheat, quack + -ite1
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British Dictionary definitions for phenacite

phenacite

/ˈfɛnəˌsaɪt/
noun
1.
a colourless or white glassy mineral consisting of beryllium silicate in hexagonal crystalline form: occurs in veins in granite. Formula: Be2SiO4
Word Origin
C19: from Greek phenax a cheat, because of its deceptive resemblance to quartz
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