phosphorite

[fos-fuh-rahyt]

Origin of phosphorite

First recorded in 1790–1800; phosphor- + -ite1
Related formsphos·pho·rit·ic [fos-fuh-rit-ik] /ˌfɒs fəˈrɪt ɪk/, adjective
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phosphorite

noun
  1. a fibrous variety of the mineral apatite
  2. any of various mineral deposits that consist mainly of calcium phosphate
Derived Formsphosphoritic (ˌfɒsfəˈrɪtɪk), adjective
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