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|Name:||First introduced by Haüy (1801), in his Traité de Minéralogie, Volume 4). Haüy wanted to replace the name spodumene already introduced by d'Andrada (1800) with what he considered a more proper name, "triphane". The name is derived from the Greek "triphanēs", meaning "appearing threefold", pointing to the mineral's characteristically threefold natural cleavages (in three directions), all equally brilliant. |
The name triphane was used in the 19th and 20th century, especially in French mineralogical literature as a synonym of spodumene.
Later in the 20th century the name has been used, especially in USA, as a colorless or yellowish colored variety.
Originally used as a synonym of Spodumene (with the name "spodumene" having historical priority), although some later authors used "triphane" more specifically as a varietal name for colourless or light yellow, transparent spodumene. Because of this confusion, the name is best avoided.
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References for Triphane
Hauy, [R.J.] (1801): Traité de minéralogie. Tome 4. Paris, Libraire Louis
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