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variscite

[var-uh-sahyt]
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noun
  1. 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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variscite

noun
  1. a green secondary mineral consisting of hydrated aluminium phosphate
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Word Origin

from Medieval Latin Variscia, the district of Vogtland in Saxony
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