- a mineral, hydrated basic nickel carbonate, occurring in the form of emerald-green incrustations on chromite and magnetite.
Origin of zaratite
1855–60; < Spanish zaratita, after Zarate Spanish surname; see -ite1
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Zaratite, zar′a-tīt, n. a hydrous carbonate of nickel, found usually as an incrustation on chromite.
- a green amorphous mineral consisting of hydrated nickel carbonate. Formula: Ni 3 (CO 3)(OH) 4 .4H 2 O
Word Origin for zaratite
C19: from Spanish zaratita, named after G. Zárate, 19th-century Spaniard
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