from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun 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 The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Lithia mica.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

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

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


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

[lepido– + –lite.]



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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