- a blue mineral, a hydrous copper carbonate, Cu3(CO3)2(OH)2: an ore of copper.
- a gem of moderate value cut from this mineral.
Origin of azurite
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Azurite, a blue mineral, a carbonate of copper, often occurring in crystals.
Copper carbonates are of wide occurrence in the mineral kingdom, and constitute the valuable ores malachite and azurite.
Two more of the softer materials, malachite and azurite, remain to be described.
These are both varieties of copper carbonate with combined water, the azurite having less water.
- an azure-blue mineral associated with copper deposits. It is a source of copper. Composition: copper carbonate. Formula: Cu 3 (CO 3) 2 (OH) 2 . Crystal structure: monoclinic
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- A dark-blue monoclinic mineral occurring as a mass of crystals (an aggregate) or in the form of blades with wedge-shaped tips. It is often found together with the mineral malachite in copper deposits. Azurite is used as a source of copper, as a gemstone, and as a dye for paints and fabrics. Chemical formula: Cu3(CO3)2(OH)2.
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