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pyromorphite

[pahy-ruh-mawr-fahyt] /ˌpaɪ rəˈmɔr faɪt/
noun
1.
a mineral, lead chlorophosphate, Pb 5 P 3 O 1 2 Cl, occurring in crystalline and massive forms, and of a green, yellow, or brown color; green lead ore: a minor ore of lead.
Origin of pyromorphite
1805-1815
From the German word Pyromorphit, dating back to 1805-15. See pyro-, morph-, -ite1
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pyromorphite

/ˌpaɪrəʊˈmɔːfaɪt/
noun
1.
a green, yellow, brown, or grey secondary mineral that consists of lead chloro-phosphate in the form of hexagonal crystals. Formula: Pb5Cl(PO4)3
Word Origin
C19: from German Pyromorphit, from pyro- + Greek morphē form + -ite1, an allusion to the fact that it assumes a crystalline form when heated
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