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[bair-ahyt, bar-] /ˈbɛər aɪt, ˈbær-/
a common mineral, barium sulfate, BaSO 4 , occurring in white, yellow, or colorless tabular crystals: the principal ore of barium.
Also, barytes.
Also called heavy spar.
Origin of barite
1780-90; bar(ytes) + -ite1 Unabridged
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(US & Canadian) a colourless or white mineral consisting of barium sulphate in orthorhombic crystalline form, occurring in sedimentary rocks and with sulphide ores: a source of barium. Formula: BaSO4 Also called barytes, heavy spar
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C18: from bar(ium) + -ite1
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barite in Science
A usually white, clear, or yellow orthorhombic mineral. Barite occurs as flattened blades or in a circular pattern of crystals that looks like a flower and, when colored red by iron stains, is called a desert rose. It is found in limestone, in clay-rich rocks, and in sandstones. Barite is used as a source of barium. Chemical formula: BaSO4.
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