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smithsonite

Line breaks: smith¦son|ite
Pronunciation: /ˈsmɪθsənʌɪt
 
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Definition of smithsonite in English:

noun

[mass noun]
A yellow, grey, or green mineral consisting of zinc carbonate typically occurring as crusts or rounded masses.
Example sentences
  • Masses of pale green botryoidal smithsonite in cavities to 5 cm have been found in ore stockpiled on the dump immediately east of the decline portal.
  • Earlier descriptions indicate that many carloads of beautiful green smithsonite were shipped from this mine as high-grade zinc ore.
  • Pseudomorphs of smithsonite after calcite crystals have been reported from this locality.

Origin

mid 19th century: from the name Smithson (see Smithsonian Institution) + -ite1.

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