[ with-uh-rahyt ]
/ ˈwɪð əˌraɪt /
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a white to grayish mineral, barium carbonate, BaCO3, occurring in crystals and masses: a minor ore of barium.
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First appeared around 1750, and is related to the French word “braguette” for the name of codpiece armor.
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Origin of witherite
1785–95; named after W. Withering (1741–99), who first described it; see -ite1
Words nearby witherite
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Witherite, the barium carbonate, is a much rarer mineral but is found with barite in some veins.The Economic Aspect of Geology|C. K. Leith
British Dictionary definitions for witherite
/ (ˈwɪðəˌraɪt) /
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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