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beryllonite

[ buh-ril-uh-nahyt ]

noun

  1. a mineral, sodium beryllium phosphate, NaBePO 4 , occurring in colorless or light-yellow crystals, sometimes used as a gemstone.


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Word History and Origins

Origin of beryllonite1

1885–90; < Greek bērýll ( i ) on ( bḗryll ( os ) beryl + -ion diminutive suffix) + -ite 1

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