[thawr-ahyt, thohr-]


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

Origin of thorite

1825–35; thor- (as in thoria, thorium) + -ite1, modeled on Swedish thorit Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for thorite

Historical Examples of 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



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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