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cerargyrite

[suh-rahr-juh-rahyt]
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noun
  1. a very soft mineral, silver chloride, AgCl, used as an ore of silver; horn silver.

Origin of cerargyrite

1865–70; < Greek kér(as) horn (see cerat-) + árgyr(os) silver + -ite1; compare French kérargyre
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Historical Examples

  • In the oxide zone the most abundant minerals are cerargyrite (silver chloride) and native or "horn" silver.

    The Economic Aspect of Geology

    C. K. Leith

  • Silver is often represented in the outcrop by silver chloride or cerargyrite, which may be easily identified.


British Dictionary definitions for cerargyrite

cerargyrite

noun
  1. another name for chloroargyrite

Word Origin

C19: from Greek keras horn + arguros silver + -ite 1
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