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  1. a sedimentary rock sufficiently rich in phosphate minerals to be used as a source of phosphorus for fertilizers.
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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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Examples from the Web for phosphorite

Historical Examples of phosphorite

  • Phosphorite is another name for apatite, but is chiefly applied to impure amorphous apatite.

    Manures and the principles of manuring

    Charles Morton Aikman

  • We have already referred in Chapter V. to large deposits of apatite or phosphorite found in Canada.

British Dictionary definitions for phosphorite


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