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wavellite

[wey-vuh-lahyt]
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noun Mineralogy.
  1. a hydrous aluminum fluorophosphate occurring as white to yellowish-green or brown aggregates of radiating fibers.
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Origin of wavellite

named in 1805 after W. Wavell (died 1829), English physician, its discoverer; see -ite1
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  • But how is it that they are subdued into that spherical obedience, like a crystal of wavellite?

    Proserpina, Volume 1

    John Ruskin

  • Quartz ought to exist in a state of hydrate, and Wavellite, not Corundum, ought to be the state of alumina in granite.


British Dictionary definitions for wavellite

wavellite

noun
  1. a greyish-white, yellow, or brown mineral consisting of hydrated basic aluminium phosphate in radiating clusters of small orthorhombic crystals. Formula: Al 3 (PO 4) 2 (OH) 3 .5H 2 O
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Word Origin

C19: named after William Wavell (died 1829), English physician
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