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baddeleyite Line breaks: bad¦deley|ite
Pronunciation: /ˈbad(ə)lɪʌɪt/

Definition of baddeleyite in English:


[mass noun]
A mineral consisting largely of zirconium dioxide, ranging from colourless to yellow, brown, or black.
Example sentences
  • Having determined the age of the Ballachulish Igneous Complex, we now examine the behaviour of the U-bearing accessory minerals baddeleyite, zircon and monazite in the Ballachulish metamorphic aureole.
  • Interestingly, their first choice of name was brazilite, but that name had already been applied to the mineral baddeleyite.
  • The U content of these metamorphic baddeleyites is towards the low end of the range seen in igneous baddeleyite, but not sufficiently different to be diagnostic.


Late 19th century: named after Joseph Baddeley, English traveller, + -ite1.

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