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cerussite

[ seer-uh-sahyt, si-ruhs-ahyt ]

noun

  1. a mineral, lead carbonate, PbCO 3 , found in masses or in colorless, transparent crystals: an important ore of lead.


cerussite

/ ˈsɪərəˌsaɪt /

noun

  1. a usually white mineral, found in veins. It is a source of lead. Composition: lead carbonate. Formula: PbCO 3 . Crystal structure: orthorhombic Also calledwhite lead ore


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Word History and Origins

Origin of cerussite1

1840–50; < Latin cēruss ( a ) ceruse + -ite 1

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Word History and Origins

Origin of cerussite1

C19: from Latin cērussa (see ceruse ) + -ite 1

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Example Sentences

Galena becomes anglesite, cerussite, pyromorphite and mimetite.

The two important sources of supply are galena and cerussite.

Cerussite is white or gray, resembling anglesite, and has a brilliant, vitreous luster.

Cerussite crystallizes in the orthorhombic system and is isomorphous with aragonite.

In some districts cerussite and a little anglesite are also found in the oxide zone.

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