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  1. a hydrous zinc silicate mineral, Zn4(OH)2Si2O7⋅H2O, occurring in clear, colorless orthorhombic crystals; calamine: an ore of zinc.
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Origin of hemimorphite

First recorded in 1865–70; hemi- + morph(ic) + -ite1
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Historical Examples of hemimorphite

  • Hemimorphite occurs with other ores of zinc (calamine and blende), forming veins and beds in sedimentary limestones.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 13, Slice 3


British Dictionary definitions for hemimorphite


  1. a white mineral consisting of hydrated zinc silicate in orthorhombic crystalline form: a common ore of zinc. Formula: Zn 4 Si 2 O 7 (OH) 2 .H 2 OAlso called (US): calamine
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