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jarosite

[jar-uh-sahyt, juh-roh-sahyt]
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noun
  1. a yellowish or brownish mineral, a hydrous sulfate of potassium and iron, KFe3(SO4)2(OH)6, occurring in small crystals or large masses.

Origin of jarosite

1850–55; named after Barranco Jaroso (in Almería, Spain); see -ite1
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  • Jarosite usually occurs as drusy incrustations of minute indistinct crystals with a yellowish-brown colour and brilliant lustre.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 15, Slice 3

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British Dictionary definitions for jarosite

jarosite

noun
  1. a yellow to brown secondary mineral consisting of basic hydrated sulphate of iron and potassium in masses or hexagonal crystals. Formula: KFe 3 (SO 4) 2 (OH) 6

Word Origin

C19: from Barranco Jaroso, in Almeria, Spain + -ite 1
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