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

  • n. See sphene.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A mixed calcium and titanium neosilicate, CaTiSiO5, once known as sphene.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See sphene.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An ore of titanium. See sphene.


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  • True, in the august presence of rhombohedral crystals, retinasphaltic resins, gehlenites, Fassaites, molybdenites, tungstates of manganese, and titanite of zirconium, why, the most facile of tongues may make a slip now and then.

    Journey to the Interior of the Earth

  • 'Deplorable phraseology or not, I've got enough data to put the probability out beyond the nine-sigma point-the same probability as that an automatic screw-machine running six-thirty-two brass hex nuts would accidentally turn out a thirty-six-inch jet-ring made of pure titanite, diamond ground, finished, and fitted.

    Masters Of The Vortex

  • Plagioclase, microcline and quartz are the predominating minerals, while biotite, titanite, epidote, apatite, zircon and garnet are present in smaller quantities.

    The Long Labrador Trail

  • The presence of cyanite, rutile-titanite, and garnets, and the absence of Lydian stone, and all fragmentary or arenaceous rocks, seem to characterise the formation we describe as primitive.

    Travels to the Equinoctial Regions of America

  • I observed neither hornblende, black schorl, nor rutile titanite, in this granite.

    Travels to the Equinoctial Regions of America

  • We are ignorant of the extent of the cavities which subterranean fires and volcanic agitations may have produced in the bowels of the earth in those primitive rocks, which, containing considerable quantities of amphibole, mica, garnet, magnetic iron-stone, and red schorl (titanite), appear to be anterior to granite.

    Travels to the Equinoctial Regions of America

  • We found some from one to two toises broad, full of small fasciculated crystals of rutile titanite.

    Travels to the Equinoctial Regions of America

  • It is traversed by veins of quartz, containing cannulated and often articulated prisms of rutile titanite two or three lines in diameter.

    Travels to the Equinoctial Regions of America

  • The direction and inclination of the stratum remain the same, and the thonschiefer, which takes the look of a transition-rock, is but a modification of the primitive mica-slate of Maniquarez, containing garnets, cyanite, and rutile titanite.

    Travels to the Equinoctial Regions of America

  • The gneiss of the littoral Cordillera, in the province of Caracas, contains almost exclusively garnets, rutile titanite and graphite, disseminated in the whole mass of the rock, shelves of granular limestone, and some metalliferous veins.

    Travels to the Equinoctial Regions of America


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