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[sfeen] /sfin/
a mineral, calcium titanium silicate, CaTiSiO 5 , occurring as an accessory mineral in a variety of crystalline rocks, usually in small wedge-shaped crystals.
Also called titanite.
Origin of sphene
1805-15; < Greek sphḗn wedge Unabridged
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a brown, yellow, green, or grey lustrous mineral consisting of calcium titanium silicate in monoclinic crystalline form. It occurs in metamorphic and acid igneous rocks and is used as a gemstone. Formula: CaTiSiO5 Also called titanite
Word Origin
C19: from French sphène, from Greek sphēn a wedge, alluding to its crystals
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sphene in Science
A brown or yellow monoclinic mineral occurring as an accessory mineral in igneous and metamorphic rocks. It usually occurs as wedge or lozenge-shaped crystals. Chemical formula: CaTiSiO5.
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