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Name from the greek άκάνθις (goldfinch) and κονίά (powder) reflecting the color of the powdered mineral. Used by d`Andrada (1800) for an olive-green mineral from Arendal Iron Mines, Norway. Later showed by Haüy (1801) to be synonymous with epidote.
A synonym of Epidote
This page provides mineralogical data about Acanthicone.

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d' Andrada (1800): Exposé succint des caractères et des propriétés de plusieurs nouveaux minéraux de Suède et de Norwège, avec quelques observations chimiques faites sur ces substances. Journal de Physique, de Chimie, d' Histoire Naturelle et des Arts. 51: 239-246
d’Andrada, J. B. (1800): Der eigenschaften und kennzeichen einiger neuen fossilien aus Schweden und Norwegen nebst einigen chemischen bemerkungen ueber dieselben. Allgemeines Journal der Chemie 4: 28-39 [german translation of D' Andrada 1800]

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