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[awt-n-ahyt, oh-tuhn-ahyt]
  1. a yellow mineral, a hydrous calcium uranium phosphate, CaU2P2O12⋅8H2O, occurring in crystals as nearly square tablets: a minor ore of uranium.
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Origin of autunite

1850–55; named after Autun, city in E France near source of supply; see -ite1
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  • Autunite, a hydrous phosphate of uranium and calcium, crystallizing in the rhombic system in yellow plates.

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British Dictionary definitions for autunite


  1. a yellowish fluorescent radioactive mineral consisting of a hydrated calcium uranium phosphate in tetragonal crystalline form. It is found in uranium ores. Formula: Ca(UO 2) 2 (PO 4) 2 .10–12H 2 O
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Word Origin

C19: named after Autun in France, one of the places where it was found, + -ite 1
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