cerussite

cerussite

[seer-uh-sahyt, si-ruhs-ahyt]
noun
a mineral, lead carbonate, PbCO 3 , found in masses or in colorless, transparent crystals: an important ore of lead.

Origin:
1840–50; < Latin cēruss(a) ceruse + -ite1

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cerussite or cerusite (ˈsɪərəˌsaɪt)
 
n
Also called: white lead ore a usually white mineral, found in veins. It is a source of lead. Composition: lead carbonate. Formula: PbCO3. Crystal structure: orthorhombic
 
[C19: from Latin cērussa (see ceruse) + -ite1]
 
cerusite or cerusite
 
n
 
[C19: from Latin cērussa (see ceruse) + -ite1]

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cerussite

lead carbonate (PbCO3), an important ore and common secondary mineral of lead. It is formed by the chemical action of carbonated water on the mineral galena. Notable localities are Murcia, Spain; Tsumeb, Namibia; Broken Hill, New South Wales; and Leadville, Colo. For detailed physical properties, see carbonate mineral (table)

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