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colemanite

[kohl-muh-nahyt]
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noun
  1. a mineral, hydrous calcium borate, Ca2B6O11⋅5H2O, occurring in colorless or milky-white crystals.
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Origin of colemanite

named in 1884 after W. T. Coleman of San Francisco, in whose mine it was found; see -ite1
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Historical Examples

  • The colemanite occurs in irregular milky-white layers or nodules, mingled with more or less gypsum.

    The Economic Aspect of Geology

    C. K. Leith

  • The salts contained in these deposits are mainly borax, ulexite, and colemanite.


British Dictionary definitions for colemanite

colemanite

noun
  1. a colourless or white glassy mineral consisting of hydrated calcium borate in monoclinic crystalline form. It occurs with and is a source of borax. Formula: Ca 2 B 6 O 11 .5H 2 O
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Word Origin

C19: named after William T. Coleman (1824–93), American pioneer, owner of the mine in which it was discovered
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