Definition of monazite in English:

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monazite

Pronunciation: /ˈmänəˌzīt/

noun

A brown crystalline mineral consisting of a phosphate of cerium, lanthanum, other rare earth elements, and thorium.
Example sentences
  • The unusual age zonation is probably linked to the mineralogical association of monazite and apatite during metamorphic reactions.
  • I dutifully explained that the smoky spots were probably the result of natural irradiation caused by many tiny radioactive mineral grains, possibly monazite or xenotime.
  • They are found in minerals such as monazite and bastnasite, the main sources of which are in China and the USA.

Origin

Mid 19th century: from German Monazit, from Greek monazein 'live alone' (because of its rare occurrence).

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Syllabification: mon·a·zite

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