Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A lilac or pink to gray mineral of the mica group, K(Li,Al)3(Si,Al)4O10(F,OH)2, used as lithium ore and in ceramic production.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A pale lilac mica mineral that is a mixed basic fluoride and aluminosilicate of potassium, lithium and aluminium

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A species of mica, of a lilac or rose-violet color, containing lithia. It usually occurs in masses consisting of small scales. See mica.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Lithia mica.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a mineral of the mica group; an important source of lithium

Etymologies

lepido- + -lite.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Lithia, the oxide of lithium (Li_ {2} O), occurs in quantities of 3 or 4 per cent. in various silicates, such as lepidolite (or lithia-mica), spodumene, and petalite.

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  • It is occurs several minerals such as lepidolite, pollucite, amazonite, etc.

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  • It is occurs several minerals such as lepidolite, pollucite, amazonite.

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  • Petalite is found in the minerals spodumene, lepidolite mica, and amblygonite.

    Lithium

  • The mica group of minerals includes: biotite, muscovite, lepidolite, and phlogopite.

    Vermiculite

  • In addition to the silicate tetrahedrons in all micas, Purple lepidolite contains the elements potassium, lithium, and aluminum.

    Mica

  • Most rubidium is retrieved from the minerals lepidolite (a mica mineral) and pollucite.

    Rubidium

  • These include the cesium - and potassium-rich zeolites, pollucite and leucite, and the lithium-rich mica, zinnwaldite (a variety of the mineral lepidolite).

    Rubidium

  • A small number of American companies process rubidium ore (lepidolite).

    Rubidium

  • They've grown on a spectacular backdrop matrix of gem quartz, purple lepidolite and white albite blades.

    In Pictures: Highlights Of Marc Weill's Mineral Collection

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  • Lepidolite mica was immediately identifiable in a geology course I once took because of its lovely lavender color, but most obviously because hand specimens were transported from the field in a tin that had contained maple syrup. So the entire class sniffed every rock to find the maple-scented one during laboratory exams!

    June 2, 2010