barite

[ bair-ahyt, bar- ]

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

Origin of barite

1
First recorded in 1780–90; bar(ytes) + -ite1

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British Dictionary definitions for barite

barite

/ (ˈbɛəraɪt) /


noun
  1. 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 4: Also called: barytes, heavy spar

Origin of barite

1
C18: from bar (ium) + -ite 1

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Scientific definitions for barite

barite

[ bârīt ]


  1. 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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