[ bair-ahyt, bar- ]
/ ˈbɛər aɪt, ˈbær- /


a common mineral, barium sulfate, BaSO4, occurring in white, yellow, or colorless tabular crystals: the principal ore of barium.

Nearby words

  1. baring,
  2. barisal,
  3. barista,
  4. baristi,
  5. barit.,
  6. baritone,
  7. baritone clef,
  8. barium,
  9. barium 140,
  10. barium bromate

Also barytes.

Origin of barite

First recorded in 1780–90; bar(ytes) + -ite1

Also called heavy spar. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for barite


/ (ˈbɛəraɪt) /


US and Canadian a colourless or white mineral consisting of barium sulphate in orthorhombic crystalline form, occurring in sedimentary rocks and with sulphide ores: a source of barium. Formula: BaSO 4Also called: barytes, heavy spar

Word Origin for barite

C18: from bar (ium) + -ite 1

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Science definitions for barite


[ bârīt ]

A usually white, clear, or yellow orthorhombic mineral. Barite occurs as flattened blades or in a circular pattern of crystals that looks like a flower and, when colored red by iron stains, is called a desert rose. It is found in limestone, in clay-rich rocks, and in sandstones. Barite is used as a source of barium. Chemical formula: BaSO4.
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