Deltoidal icositetrahedron


Deltoidal icositetrahedron
Deltoidal icositetrahedron
(rotating and 3D model)
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
Kite with 3 equal acute angles & 1 obtuse angle
Faces 24, congruent
Edges 24 short + 24 long = 48
Vertices 8 (connecting 3 short edges)
+ 6 (connecting 4 long edges)
+ 12 (connecting 4 alternate short & long edges)
= 26
Face configuration V3.4.4.4
Symmetry group Oh, BC3, [4,3], *432
Rotation group O, [4,3]+, (432)
Dihedral angle same value for short & long edges:

Dual polyhedron Rhombicuboctahedron
Properties convex, face-transitive
Deltoidal icositetrahedron

In geometry, the deltoidal icositetrahedron (or trapezoidal icositetrahedron, tetragonal icosikaitetrahedron,[1] tetragonal trisoctahedron,[2] strombic icositetrahedron) is a Catalan solid. Its 24 faces are congruent kites.[3] The deltoidal icositetrahedron, whose dual is the (uniform) rhombicuboctahedron, is tightly related to the pseudo-deltoidal icositetrahedron, whose dual is the pseudorhombicuboctahedron; but the actual and pseudo-d.i. are not to be confused with each other.

D.i. as artwork and die
D.i. projected onto cube and octahedron in Perspectiva Corporum Regularium
Dyakis dodecahedron crystal model and projection onto octahedron

Cartesian coordinatesEdit


In the image above, the long body diagonals are those between opposite red vertices and between opposite blue vertices, and the short body diagonals are those between opposite yellow vertices.
Cartesian coordinates for the vertices of the deltoidal icositetrahedron centered at the origin and with long body diagonal length 2 are:

  • red vertices (lying in  -fold symmetry axes):
  • blue vertices (lying in  -fold symmetry axes):
  • yellow vertices (lying in  -fold symmetry axes):

For example, the point with coordinates   is the intersection of the plane with equation   and of the line with system of equations  

A deltoidal icositetrahedron has three regular-octagon equators, lying in three orthogonal planes.

Dimensions and anglesEdit


The deltoidal icositetrahedron with long body diagonal length D = 2 has:

  • short body diagonal length:
  • long edge length:[4]
  • short edge length:[4]

  is the distance from the center to any face plane; it may be calculated by normalizing the equation of plane above, replacing (x, y, z) with (0, 0, 0), and taking the absolute value of the result.

A deltoidal icositetrahedron has its long and short edges in the ratio:


The deltoidal icositetrahedron with short edge length   has:



For a deltoidal icositetrahedron, each kite face has:

  • three equal acute angles, with value:
  • one obtuse angle (between the short edges), with value:

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 the name trapezohedron has another meaning.

In Guardians of The Galaxy Vol. 3, the device containing the files about the experiments carried on Rocket Raccoon has the shape of a deitoidal icositetrahedron.

Orthogonal projectionsEdit

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

Orthogonal projections
[2] [4] [6]

Related polyhedraEdit

The deltoidal icositetrahedron's projection onto a cube divides its squares into quadrants. The projection onto a regular octahedron divides its equilateral triangles into kite faces. In Conway polyhedron notation this represents an ortho operation to a cube or octahedron.

The deltoidal icositetrahedron (dual of the small rhombicuboctahedron) is tightly related to the disdyakis dodecahedron (dual of the great rhombicuboctahedron). The main difference is that the latter also has edges between the vertices on 3- and 4-fold symmetry axes (between yellow and red vertices in the images below).


Dyakis dodecahedronEdit

A variant with pyritohedral symmetry is called a dyakis dodecahedron[5][6] or diploid.[7] It is common in crystallography.
A dyakis dodecahedron can be created by enlarging 24 of the 48 faces of a disdyakis dodecahedron. A tetartoid can be created by enlarging 12 of the 24 faces of a dyakis dodecahedron.[8]


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

Related polyhedra and tilingsEdit

The deltoidal icositetrahedron is a member 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 a cube and regular octahedron arranged in their dual positions. It can also be seen that the 3- and 4-fold corners can be made to have the same distance to the center. In that case the resulting icositetrahedron will no longer have a rhombicuboctahedron for a dual, since the centers of the square and triangle faces of a rhombicuboctahedron are at different distances from its center.

Uniform octahedral polyhedra
Symmetry: [4,3], (*432) [4,3]+
[1+,4,3] = [3,3]
{4,3} t{4,3} r{4,3}
tr{4,3} sr{4,3} h{4,3}
Duals to uniform polyhedra
V43 V3.82 V(3.4)2 V4.62 V34 V3.43 V4.6.8 V34.4 V33 V3.62 V35

This polyhedron is a term of a sequence of topologically related deltoidal polyhedra with face configuration V3.4.n.4; this sequence continues with tilings of the Euclidean and hyperbolic planes. These face-transitive figures have (*n32) reflectional symmetry.

*n32 symmetry mutation of dual expanded tilings: V3.4.n.4
Spherical Euclid. Compact hyperb. Paraco.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Conway, Symmetries of Things, p. 284–286.
  2. ^ "Keyword: "forms" | ClipArt ETC".
  3. ^ "Kite". Retrieved 6 October 2019.
  4. ^ a b c d e Weisstein, Eric W. "Deltoidal Icositetrahedron". Retrieved 2022-10-06.
    In this MathWorld entry, the small rhombicuboctahedron has edge length   so this s.r.c.o.h. has circumradius   and midradius   so this s.r.c.o.h.'s dual with respect to their common midsphere is the deltoidal icositetrahedron with inradius  × × 
  5. ^ Isohedron 24k
  6. ^ The Isometric Crystal System
  7. ^ The 48 Special Crystal Forms
  8. ^ Both is indicated in the two crystal models in the top right corner of this photo. A visual demonstration can be seen here and here.
  • 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)

External linksEdit

  • Eric W. Weisstein, Deltoidal icositetrahedron (Catalan solid) at MathWorld.
  • Deltoidal (Trapezoidal) Icositetrahedron – Interactive Polyhedron model