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[uh-rag-uh-nahyt, ar-uh-guh-] /əˈræg əˌnaɪt, ˈær ə gə-/
a mineral, orthorhombic calcium carbonate, CaCO 3 , chemically identical with calcite but differing in crystallization and in having a higher specific gravity and less marked cleavage.
Origin of aragonite
1795-1805; named after Aragon (the province, where first found) + -ite1 Unabridged
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a generally white or grey mineral, found in sedimentary rocks and as deposits from hot springs. Composition: calcium carbonate. Formula: CaCO3. Crystal structure: orthorhombic
Word Origin
C19: from Aragon + -ite1
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  (ə-rāg'ə-nīt', ār'ə-gə-)   
A usually white, yellowish, or pink orthorhombic mineral that can occur in many different colors. Aragonite occurs as acicular (needlelike) or tabular crystals, or as fibrous aggregates. It is found in gypsum deposits, at the tips of calcite crystals, in mollusk shells and pearls, and in living reef structures. It is a polymorph of calcite. Chemical formula: CaCO3.
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