[ mim-i-tahyt, mahy-mi- ]
/ ˈmɪm ɪˌtaɪt, ˈmaɪ mɪ- /


a mineral, lead chloroarsenate, Pb5As3O12Cl, occurring in yellow to brown prismatic crystals or globular masses: a minor ore of lead.


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Origin of mimetite

1850–55; < Greek mīmēt(ḗs) imitator (equivalent to mīmē- (see mimesis) + -tēs agent suffix) + -ite1

Words nearby mimetite

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Example sentences from the Web for mimetite

  • Galena becomes anglesite, cerussite, pyromorphite and mimetite.

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British Dictionary definitions for mimetite

/ (ˈmɪmɪˌtaɪt, ˈmaɪmɪ-) /


a rare secondary mineral consisting of a chloride and arsenate of lead in the form of white or yellowish needle-like hexagonal crystals. Formula: Pb 5 Cl(AsO 4) 3

Word Origin for mimetite

C19: from German, from Greek mimētēs imitator (of pyromorphite)
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