Share this entry

Share this page

baryte

Line breaks: bar¦yte
Pronunciation: /ˈbarʌɪt
 
, ˈbɛː-/
(also barytes /bəˈrʌɪtiːz/, barite)

Definition of baryte in English:

noun

A mineral consisting of barium sulphate, typically occurring as colourless prismatic crystals or thin white flakes.
Example sentences
  • Veins of white barite occupy fractures in thin seams of coal.
  • Also, white barite crystals stained red by hematite can be found in the walls of the old pit, and cryptomelane as matted fibers often occurs with manganite crystals in quartz veins.
  • Golden barite crystals are well known from the locality.

Origin

late 18th century (as barytes): from Greek barus 'heavy' + endings based on Greek -ites.

Definition of baryte in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day snarf
Pronunciation: snärf
verb
eat or drink quickly or greedily