Definition of apatite in English:


Syllabification: ap·a·tite
Pronunciation: /ˈapəˌtīt


  • A widely occurring pale green to purple mineral, consisting of calcium phosphate with some fluorine, chlorine, and other elements. It is used in the manufacture of fertilizers.
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    • Magnetite, apatite, titanite and zircon make up the accessory minerals.
    • Some calcareous veins contain epidote, titanite and apatite.
    • The next few pockets yielded only dark blue apatite and clear to smoky to pale citrine quartz.


early 19th century: coined in German from Greek apatē 'deceit' (from the mineral's diverse forms and colors).

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