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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.

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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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