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[ yook-suh-nahyt ]
/ ˈyuk səˌnaɪt /


a rare, brownish-black mineral of complex composition, an oxide of calcium, cerium, yttrium, columbium, titanium, and uranium.

Nearby words

eutrophic, eutrophication, eutrophy, eutychian, eutychianus, euxenite, euxine, euxine sea, ev, eva, evacuant

Origin of euxenite

1840–45; < Greek eúxen(os) kind to strangers, hospitable (see eu-, xeno-) + -ite1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for euxenite

  • The element is of extremely rare occurrence, being met with only in argyrodite and, to a very small extent, in euxenite.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 11, Slice 7|Various
  • The rare earth metals are found in the minerals gadolinite, samarskite, fergusonite, euxenite and cerite.

British Dictionary definitions for euxenite


/ (ˈjuːksɪˌnaɪt) /


a rare brownish-black mineral containing erbium, cerium, uranium, columbium, and yttrium

Word Origin for euxenite

C19: from Greek euxenos hospitable (literally: well-disposed to strangers), from eu- + xenos stranger; from its containing a number of rare elements
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