[ var-uh-sahyt ]
/ ˈvær əˌsaɪt /


a secondary mineral, hydrated phosphate of aluminum, Al(PO4)⋅2H2O, occurring mainly as massive, bluish-green nodules: sometimes used as a gem.

Origin of variscite

< German Variscit, named after Variscia Latinized German district name; see -ite1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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/ (ˈværɪˌsaɪt) /


a green secondary mineral consisting of hydrated aluminium phosphate

Word Origin for variscite

from Medieval Latin Variscia, the district of Vogtland in Saxony
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