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[azh-uh-rahyt] /ˈæʒ əˌraɪt/
a blue mineral, a hydrous copper carbonate, Cu 3 (CO 3) 2 (OH) 2 : an ore of copper.
a gem of moderate value cut from this mineral.
Origin of azurite
1810-20; azure + -ite1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for azurite
  • Some minerals can be recognized by their color: azurite is always a deep blue and malachite is green.
  • Mineralization generally occurs as bornite and chalcopyrite that has oxidized to azurite, malachite, and tenorite.
  • Mineralization consists principally of the copper carbonates, malachite, and azurite.
British Dictionary definitions for azurite


an azure-blue mineral associated with copper deposits. It is a source of copper. Composition: copper carbonate. Formula: Cu3(CO3)2(OH)2. Crystal structure: monoclinic
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azurite in Science
A dark-blue monoclinic mineral occurring as a mass of crystals (an aggregate) or in the form of blades with wedge-shaped tips. It is often found together with the mineral malachite in copper deposits. Azurite is used as a source of copper, as a gemstone, and as a dye for paints and fabrics. Chemical formula: Cu3(CO3)2(OH)2.
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