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phosphorite

[fos-fuh-rahyt] /ˈfɒs fəˌraɪt/
noun
1.
a sedimentary rock sufficiently rich in phosphate minerals to be used as a source of phosphorus for fertilizers.
Origin
1790-1800
1790-1800; phosphor- + -ite1
Related forms
phosphoritic
[fos-fuh-rit-ik] /ˌfɒs fəˈrɪt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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  • Uppermost part commonly contains abundant phosphorite.
  • Does not include sediment from phosphorite rich areas.
British Dictionary definitions for phosphorite

phosphorite

/ˈfɒsfəˌraɪt/
noun
1.
a fibrous variety of the mineral apatite
2.
any of various mineral deposits that consist mainly of calcium phosphate
Derived Forms
phosphoritic (ˌfɒsfəˈrɪtɪk) adjective
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