thorite

[ thawr-ahyt, thohr- ]
/ ˈθɔr aɪt, ˈθoʊr- /
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noun

a rare mineral, thorium silicate, ThSiO4, occurring in the form of yellow or black crystals.

Nearby words

  1. thorez, maurice,
  2. thorfinn karlsefni,
  3. thoria,
  4. thorianite,
  5. thoric,
  6. thorium,
  7. thorium dioxide,
  8. thorium series,
  9. thorn,
  10. thorn apple

Origin of thorite

1825–35; thor- (as in thoria, thorium) + -ite1, modeled on Swedish thorit

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Examples from the Web for thorite

  • Determinations of the atomic weight of lead from thorite, a thorium mineral nearly free from uranium, gave 208.4.

    A Brief Account of Radio-activity|Francis Preston Venable


British Dictionary definitions for thorite

thorite

/ (ˈθɔːraɪt) /

noun

a yellow, brownish, or black radioactive mineral consisting of tetragonal thorium silicate. It occurs in coarse granite and is a source of thorium. Formula: ThSiO 4
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