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cerargyrite

[ suh-rahr-juh-rahyt ]
/ səˈrɑr dʒəˌraɪt /
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noun
a very soft mineral, silver chloride, AgCl, used as an ore of silver; horn silver.
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Origin of cerargyrite

First recorded in 1865–70; from Greek kér(as) “horn” + árgyr(os) “silver” + -ite1; compare French kérargyre ; see cer(at)-
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How to use cerargyrite in a sentence

  • In the oxide zone the most abundant minerals are cerargyrite (silver chloride) and native or "horn" silver.

  • Silver is often represented in the outcrop by silver chloride or cerargyrite, which may be easily identified.

British Dictionary definitions for cerargyrite

cerargyrite
/ (sɪˈrɑːdʒɪˌraɪt) /

noun
another name for chloroargyrite

Word Origin for cerargyrite

C19: from Greek keras horn + arguros silver + -ite 1
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