- 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
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Variscite is also a phosphate (a hydrated aluminum phosphate).A Text-Book of Precious Stones for Jewelers and the Gem-Loving Public
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Variscite, var′i-sīt, n. a mineral very like a greenish turquoise found in Brittany.
- 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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