odontolite

odontolite

[oh-don-tl-ahyt]

Origin:
1810–20; < French; see odonto-, -lite

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odontolite (ɒˈdɒntəˌlaɪt)
 
n
another name for bone turquoise

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odontolite

fossil bone or tooth that consists of the phosphate mineral apatite (q.v.) coloured blue by vivianite. It resembles turquoise but may be distinguished chemically

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