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monazite

[mon-uh-zahyt] /ˈmɒn əˌzaɪt/
noun
1.
a reddish- or yellowish-brown mineral, a phosphate of cerium and lanthanum, (Ce,La)PO 4 : the principal ore of thorium.
Origin of monazite
1830-1840
1830-40; < German Monazit, equivalent to monaz- (< Greek monázein to be alone; see mon-) + -it -ite1
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monazite

/ˈmɒnəˌzaɪt/
noun
1.
a yellow to reddish-brown mineral consisting of a phosphate of thorium, cerium, and lanthanum in monoclinic crystalline form
Word Origin
C19: from German, from Greek monazein to live alone, so called because of its rarity
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monazite
  (mŏn'ə-zīt')   
A yellow or reddish-brown monoclinic mineral that is a principal ore of several lanthanide (rare-earth) elements. It occurs as tabular crystals in pegmatites, granites, and metamorphic rocks, as well as in sand. Chemical formula: (Ce, La, Nd, Th)PO4.
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