[ fos-fuh-rahyt ]
/ ˈfɒs fəˌraɪt /
a sedimentary rock sufficiently rich in phosphate minerals to be used as a source of phosphorus for fertilizers.
Related formsphos·pho·rit·ic [fos-fuh-rit-ik] /ˌfɒs fəˈrɪt ɪk/, adjective
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Phosphorite is another name for apatite, but is chiefly applied to impure amorphous apatite.
We have already referred in Chapter V. to large deposits of apatite or phosphorite found in Canada.
British Dictionary definitions for phosphorite
/ (ˈfɒsfəˌraɪt) /
a fibrous variety of the mineral apatite
any of various mineral deposits that consist mainly of calcium phosphate
Derived Formsphosphoritic (ˌfɒsfəˈrɪtɪk), adjective
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