[ var-uh-sahyt ]
/ ˈvær əˌsaɪt /
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a secondary mineral, hydrated phosphate of aluminum, Al(PO4)⋅2H2O, occurring mainly as massive, bluish-green nodules: sometimes used as a gem.
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Origin of variscite
<German Variscit, named after Variscia Latinized German district name; see -ite1
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Example sentences from the Web for variscite
Variscite, var′i-sīt, n. a mineral very like a greenish turquoise found in Brittany.
Variscite is also a phosphate (a hydrated aluminum phosphate).A Text-Book of Precious Stones for Jewelers and the Gem-Loving Public|Frank Bertram Wade
British Dictionary definitions for variscite
/ (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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