Origin of phenaciteGreek phenax, phenak-, impostor + –ite1.
- (mineralogy) A clear glassy mineral, a silicate of glucina, occurring in rhombohedral crystals and sometimes used as a gem.
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Ancient Greek impostor, deceiver, because of its resemblance to quartz.