Deltoidal icositetrahedron
Deltoidal icositetrahedron
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Type Catalan
Conway notation oC or deC
Coxeter diagram CDel node f1.pngCDel 4.pngCDel node.pngCDel 3.pngCDel node f1.png
Face polygon DU10 facets.png
Faces 24
Edges 48
Vertices 26 = 6 + 8 + 12
Face configuration V3.4.4.4
Symmetry group Oh, BC3, [4,3], *432
Rotation group O, [4,3]+, (432)
Dihedral angle 138°07′05″
arccos(−7 + 42/17)
Dual polyhedron rhombicuboctahedron
Properties convex, face-transitive
Deltoidal icositetrahedron

In geometry, a deltoidal icositetrahedron (also a trapezoidal icositetrahedron, tetragonal icosikaitetrahedron,[1], tetragonal trisoctahedron[2] and strombic icositetrahedron) is a Catalan solid. Its dual polyhedron is the rhombicuboctahedron.



The 24 faces are kites. The short and long edges of each kite are in the ratio 1:(2 − 1/2) ≈ 1:1.292893...

If its smallest edges have length a, its surface area and volume are


Occurrences in nature and cultureEdit

The deltoidal icositetrahedron is a crystal habit often formed by the mineral analcime and occasionally garnet. The shape is often called a trapezohedron in mineral contexts, although in solid geometry that name has another meaning.

Orthogonal projectionsEdit

The deltoidal icositetrahedron has three symmetry positions, all centered on vertices:

Orthogonal projections
[2] [4] [6]

Related polyhedraEdit

The great triakis octahedron is a stellation of the deltoidal icositetrahedron.

Dyakis dodecahedronEdit

Dyakis dodecahedron

The deltoidal icositetrahedron is topologically equivalent to a cube whose faces are divided in quadrants. It can also be projected onto a regular octahedron, with kite faces, or more general quadrilaterals with pyritohedral symmetry. In Conway polyhedron notation, they represent an ortho operation to a cube or octahedron.

In crystallography a rotational variation is called a dyakis dodecahedron[3][4] or diploid.[5]

Octahedral, Oh, order 24 Pyritohedral, Th, order 12

Related polyhedra and tilingsEdit

Spherical deltoidal icositetrahedron

The deltoidal icositetrahedron is one of a family of duals to the uniform polyhedra related to the cube and regular octahedron.

When projected onto a sphere (see right), it can be seen that the edges make up the edges of an octahedron and cube arranged in their dual positions. It can also be seen that the threefold corners and the fourfold corners can be made to have the same distance to the center. In that case the resulting icositetrahedron will no longer have a rombicubeoctahedron for a dual, since for the rombicubeoctahedron the centers of its squares and its triangles are at different distances from the center.

This polyhedron is topologically related as a part of sequence of deltoidal polyhedra with face figure (V3.4.n.4), and continues as tilings of the hyperbolic plane. These face-transitive figures have (*n32) reflectional symmetry.

*n42 symmetry mutation of dual expanded tilings: V3.4.n.4
Spherical Euclid. Compact hyperb. Paraco.

See alsoEdit


  • Williams, Robert (1979). The Geometrical Foundation of Natural Structure: A Source Book of Design. Dover Publications, Inc. ISBN 0-486-23729-X. (Section 3-9)
  • Wenninger, Magnus (1983), Dual Models, Cambridge University Press, doi:10.1017/CBO9780511569371, ISBN 978-0-521-54325-5, MR 0730208 (The thirteen semiregular convex polyhedra and their duals, Page 23, Deltoidal icositetrahedron)
  • The Symmetries of Things 2008, John H. Conway, Heidi Burgiel, Chaim Goodman-Strass, ISBN 978-1-56881-220-5 [1] (Chapter 21, Naming the Archimedean and Catalan polyhedra and tilings, page 286, tetragonal icosikaitetrahedron)

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