ulexite

[ yoo-lek-sahyt ]
/ yuˈlɛk saɪt /
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noun

a mineral, hydrous sodium and calcium borate, NaCaB5O9⋅8H2O, occurring in arid regions in the form of white acicular crystals: a major source of borax.

Nearby words

  1. ule,
  2. ule-,
  3. ulema,
  4. ulerythema,
  5. ulerythema sycosiforme,
  6. uleåborg,
  7. ulf,
  8. ulfila,
  9. ulfilas,
  10. ulhasnagar

Origin of ulexite

1865–70; named after George L. Ulex, German chemist; see -ite1

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ulexite

[ yōōlĭk-sīt′, yōō-lĕk- ]

A white triclinic mineral that forms rounded, reniform (kidney-shaped) masses of very fine needle-shaped crystals. Ulexite has the unusual optical property of projecting an image of an object placed against a transverse section of it to the opposite surface. It is usually associated with borax deposits and is found in arid environments. Chemical formula: NaCaB5O9·8H2O.
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