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monazite definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: a reddish-brown mineral containing rare earth metals; an important source of thorium and cerium

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: German Monazit, from Greek monazein Date: 1836 a yellow to red or brown mineral that is a phosphate of thorium and various rare earth elements and occurs especially in sand and gravel deposits

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. a phosphate mineral containing rare-earth elements and thorium. Etymology: G Monazit f. Gk monazo live alone (because of its rarity)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Monazite Mon"a*zite (m[o^]n"[.a]*z[imac]t), n. [From Gr. mona`zein to be solitary, in allusion to its isolated crystals.] (Min.) A mineral occurring usually in small isolated crystals, -- a phosphate of the cerium metals.




 


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