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willemite

[ wil-uh-mahyt ]
/ ˈwɪl əˌmaɪt /
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noun
a mineral, a zinc silicate, Zn2SiO4, sometimes containing manganese, occurring in prismatic crystals or granular masses, usually greenish, sometimes white, brown, or red: a minor ore of zinc.
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Origin of willemite

First recorded in 1835–45; named after Willem I (1772–1843) king of the Netherlands (1815–40) + -ite1
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How to use willemite in a sentence

  • In the New Jersey mines the zinc ores are the oxides zincite and willemite, and the zinc-iron oxide franklinite.

    The A B C of Mining|Charles A. Bramble

British Dictionary definitions for willemite

willemite
/ (ˈwɪləˌmaɪt) /

noun
a secondary mineral consisting of zinc silicate in hexagonal crystalline form. It is white, colourless, or coloured by impurities and is found in veins of zinc ore. Formula: Zn 2 SiO 4

Word Origin for willemite

C19: from Dutch willemit, named after Willem I of the Netherlands (1772–1843)
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