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calcite Line breaks: cal|cite
Pronunciation: /ˈkalsʌɪt/

Definition of calcite in English:


[mass noun]
A white or colourless mineral consisting of calcium carbonate. It is a major constituent of sedimentary rocks such as limestone and is deposited in caves to form stalactites and stalagmites.
Example sentences
  • Quartz is the dominant mineral in veins in siliceous rocks, calcite in limestones, and gypsum in gypsiferous sediments.
  • Other than clay minerals, calcite and pyrite are the most common secondary minerals present.
  • Matrix minerals of the septaria are ferroan dolomite, quartz, calcite, and pyrite.


Pronunciation: /kalˈsɪtɪk/
Example sentences
  • Concretions, which were originally calcitic, are either weathered out or now contain epidote as a cement.
  • Some of the most attractively preserved fossils are the yellow and brown calcitic moulds of ammonites that are characteristic of calcareous concretions.
  • The remaining carbonate bioclasts are exclusively calcitic echinoid spines, rare foraminifera, molluscs and bryozoan fragments.


Mid 19th century: coined in German from Latin calx, calc- 'lime' (see calx).

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