wavellite

[ wey-vuh-lahyt ]
/ ˈweɪ vəˌlaɪt /
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noun Mineralogy.

a hydrous aluminum fluorophosphate occurring as white to yellowish-green or brown aggregates of radiating fibers.

Nearby words

  1. wavefront,
  2. waveguide,
  3. wavelength,
  4. wavelet,
  5. wavell,
  6. wavemeter,
  7. waveoff,
  8. waver,
  9. waverley,
  10. waves

Origin of wavellite

named in 1805 after W. Wavell (died 1829), English physician, its discoverer; see -ite1

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British Dictionary definitions for wavellite

wavellite

/ (ˈweɪvəˌlaɪt) /

noun

a greyish-white, yellow, or brown mineral consisting of hydrated basic aluminium phosphate in radiating clusters of small orthorhombic crystals. Formula: Al 3 (PO 4) 2 (OH) 3 .5H 2 O

Word Origin for wavellite

C19: named after William Wavell (died 1829), English physician

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