witherite

[ with-uh-rahyt ]
/ ˈwɪð əˌraɪt /
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noun

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

Nearby words

  1. wither,
  2. wither on the vine,
  3. wither, george,
  4. withered,
  5. withering,
  6. withers,
  7. withershins,
  8. witherspoon,
  9. witherspoon, john,
  10. withhold

Origin of witherite

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

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British Dictionary definitions for witherite

witherite

/ (ˈwɪðəˌraɪt) /

noun

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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