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chalcanthite

[kal-kan-thahyt] /kælˈkæn θaɪt/
noun
1.
Mineralogy, blue vitriol.
Origin of chalcanthite
1855-1860
1855-60; < Latin chalcanth(um) (< Greek chálkanthon blue vitriol, literally, flower of copper, equivalent to chalk(ós) copper + ánth(os) flower + -on neuter suffix) + -ite1
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  • chalcanthite is the dominant copper sulfate mineral although others may also be present.
  • chalcanthite is the dominant copper sulfate mineral although others also may be present.
British Dictionary definitions for chalcanthite

chalcanthite

/kælˈkænθaɪt/
noun
1.
a blue secondary mineral consisting of hydrated copper sulphate in triclinic crystalline form. Formula: CuSO4.5H2O
Word Origin
C19: via German from Latin chalcanthum copper sulphate solution, from Greek khalkanthon, from khalkos copper + anthos flower; see -ite1
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