- a mineral, basic copper arsenate, Cu4As2O8(OH)2, occurring in crystals and in masses, usually olive-green in color.
Origin of olivenite
1810–20; < German Oliven(erz) olive (ore) + -ite1
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- a green to black rare secondary mineral consisting of hydrated basic copper arsenate in orthorhombic crystalline form. Formula: Cu 2 (AsO 4)(OH)
Word Origin for olivenite
C19: from German Oliven (erz) olive (ore) + -ite 1
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