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chalcanthite

[kal-kan-thahyt]
noun
  1. Mineralogy. blue vitriol.
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Origin of chalcanthite

1855–60; < Latin chalcanth(um) (< Greek chálkanthon blue vitriol, literally, flower of copper, equivalent to chalk(ós) copper + ánth(os) flower + -on neuter suffix) + -ite1
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British Dictionary definitions for chalcanthite

chalcanthite

noun
  1. a blue secondary mineral consisting of hydrated copper sulphate in triclinic crystalline form. Formula: CuSO 4 .5H 2 O
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Word Origin for chalcanthite

C19: via German from Latin chalcanthum copper sulphate solution, from Greek khalkanthon, from khalkos copper + anthos flower; see -ite 1
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