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A greenish to pinkish or lilac mineral, LiAlSi2O6, that is used as a source of lithium and in transparent varieties as a gemstone.
[French spodumène, from German Spodumen, from Greek spodoumenos, present participle of spodousthai, to be burned to ashes, from spodos, wood ashes (because the mineral becomes ash gray when exposed to air).]
(Minerals) a greyish-white, green, or lilac pyroxene mineral consisting of lithium aluminium silicate in monoclinic crystalline form. It is an important ore of lithium and is used in the manufacture of glass and ceramics and as a gemstone. Formula: LiAlSi2O6
[C19: from French spodumène, from German Spodumen, from Greek spodoumenos, from spodousthai to be burnt to ashes, from spodos wood ash]
a mineral, lithium aluminum silicate, LiAlSi2O6, occurring in prismatic crystals or masses: transparent colored varieties are used as gems.
[1795–1805; < French spodumène]
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|Noun||1.||spodumene - a pyroxene mineral consisting of lithium aluminum silicate; a source of lithium|
atomic number 3, Li, lithium - a soft silver-white univalent element of the alkali metal group; the lightest metal known; occurs in several minerals
mineral - solid homogeneous inorganic substances occurring in nature having a definite chemical composition
kunzite - a pinkish lilac crystal form of the mineral spodumene that is used as a gemstone
hiddenite - a green transparent form of the mineral spodumene used as a gemstone