a soft, white to yellowish mineral, lead chloride, PbCl 2 , that forms as an alteration product of galena.

1825–35; < German Cotunnit, after Domenico Cotugno, in Latinized form Cotunnius (1736–1822), Italian anatomist; see -ite1 Unabridged
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