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  1. a mineral, hydrated copper uranium phosphate, CuU2P2O12⋅12H2O, occurring in square tabular crystals of a bright-green color: a minor ore of uranium; copper uranite.
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Origin of torbernite

1850–55; named after Torbern Bergman (1735–84), Swedish chemist; see -ite1
Also called chalcolite.
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British Dictionary definitions for torbernite


  1. a green secondary mineral consisting of hydrated copper uranium phosphate in the form of square platelike crystals. Formula: Cu(UO 2) 2 (PO 4) 2 .12H 2 O
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Word Origin

C19: named after Torbern O. Bergman (1735–84), Swedish chemist; see -ite 1
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