[ thuh-nahr-dahyt, tuh- ]
/ θəˈnɑr daɪt, tə- /
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a mineral, sodium sulfate, Na2SO4, occurring in white crystals and masses, especially in salt lakes and arid regions.
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Origin of thenardite
1835–45; named after L. J. Thénard (1777–1857), French chemist; see -ite1
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British Dictionary definitions for thenardite
/ (θɪˈnɑːdaɪt, tɪ-) /
a whitish vitreous mineral that consists of anhydrous sodium sulphate and occurs in saline residues. Formula: Na 2 SO 4
Word Origin for thenardite
C19: named after Baron L. J. Thénard (1777–1857), French chemist; see -ite 1
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