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  1. a white to grayish mineral, barium carbonate, BaCO3, occurring in crystals and masses: a minor ore of barium.
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Origin of witherite

1785–95; named after W. Withering (1741–99), who first described it; see -ite1
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Historical Examples of witherite

  • 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


  1. a white, grey, or yellowish mineral consisting of barium carbonate in orthorhombic crystalline form: occurs in veins of lead ore. Formula: BaCO 3
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Word Origin for witherite

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