Origin of witherite

1785–95; named after W. Withering (1741–99), who first described it; see -ite1
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  1. a white, grey, or yellowish mineral consisting of barium carbonate in orthorhombic crystalline form: occurs in veins of lead ore. Formula: BaCO 3

Word Origin for witherite

C18: named after W. Withering (1741–99), English scientist, who first described it
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