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smithsonite

[smith-suh-nahyt] /ˈsmɪθ səˌnaɪt/
noun, Mineralogy.
1.
a native carbonate of zinc, ZnCO 3 , that is an important ore of the metal.
Origin of smithsonite
1825-1835
1825-35; named after J. Smithson (who distinguished it from calamine); see -ite1
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smithsonite

/ˈsmɪθsəˌnaɪt/
noun
1.
a white mineral consisting of zinc carbonate in hexagonal crystalline form: occurs chiefly in dry limestone regions and is a source of zinc. Formula: ZnCO3 Also called (US) calamine
Word Origin
C19: named after James Smithson
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