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[kroh-koh-ahyt, krok-oh-]
  1. a yellow, orange, or red mineral, lead chromate, PbCrO4, formed by replacement.
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Origin of crocoite

1835–45; < Greek krokó(eis) saffron-colored + -ite1; see crocus
Also called cro·co·i·site [kroh-koh-uh-zahyt, krok-oh-] /ˈkroʊ koʊ əˌzaɪt, ˈkrɒk oʊ-/.
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Historical Examples of crocoite

  • Associated with crocoite at Berezovsk are the closely allied minerals phoenicochroite and vauquelinite.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 7


British Dictionary definitions for crocoite


crocoisite (krəʊˈkəʊɪˌsaɪt, ˈkrəʊkwəˌsaɪt)

  1. a rare orange secondary mineral consisting of lead chromate in monoclinic crystalline form. Formula: PbCrO 4Also called: red-lead ore
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Word Origin for crocoite

C19: from Greek krokoeis saffron-coloured, golden + -ite 1
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