Definition of gadolinite in English:


Line breaks: gado|lin¦ite
Pronunciation: /ˈgad(ə)lɪnʌɪt
, gəˈdəʊlɪnʌɪt


[mass noun]
  • A rare dark brown or black mineral, consisting of a silicate of iron, beryllium, and rare earths.
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    • It is found with other rare earth elements in minerals such as monazite, cerite, gadolinite, xenotime, and euxenite.
    • The most common ores of holmium are monazite and gadolinite.
    • Like other rare earth metals, it is found in minerals such as cerite, gadolinite, and samarskite.


early 19th century: named after Johan Gadolin (1760–1852), the Finnish mineralogist who first identified it.

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