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fergusonite

[fur-guh-suh-nahyt]
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  1. a rare-earth mineral, yttrium columbate and tantalate, found in pegmatites.
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Origin of fergusonite

1820–30; named after R. Ferguson, 19th-century Scottish physician; see -ite1
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  • The rare earth metals are found in the minerals gadolinite, samarskite, fergusonite, euxenite and cerite.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 7

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  • It is found in the minerals gadolinite, cerite, samarskite and fergusonite, and is usually obtained from cerite.