variscite

[ var-uh-sahyt ]
/ ˈvær əˌsaɪt /
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noun

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

Nearby words

  1. variometer,
  2. variorum,
  3. various,
  4. various and sundry,
  5. variously,
  6. varisized,
  7. varistor,
  8. varitype,
  9. varityper,
  10. varix

Origin of variscite

< German Variscit, named after Variscia Latinized German district name; see -ite1

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British Dictionary definitions for variscite

variscite

/ (ˈværɪˌsaɪt) /

noun

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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