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celestite

[ sel-uh-stahyt ]
/ ˈsɛl əˌstaɪt /
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noun
a white to pale-blue mineral, strontium sulfate, SrSO4, occurring in tabular crystals, the principal ore of strontium.
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Also cel·es·tine [sel-i-stin, -stahyn]. /ˈsɛl ɪ stɪn, -ˌstaɪn/.

Origin of celestite

1850–55; celest(ine) celestite (<German Zölestin<Latin coelest(is), variant of caelestiscelestial + German -in-in2) + -ite1
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celestite

celestine (ˈsɛlɪstɪn, -ˌstaɪn)

/ (ˈsɛlɪˌstaɪt) /

noun
a white, red, or blue mineral consisting of strontium sulphate in orthorhombic crystalline form: a source of strontium compounds. Formula: SrSO 4

Word Origin for celestite

C19: from German Zölestin, from Latin caelestis celestial (referring to the blue colour) + -ite 1
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