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[wey-vuh-lahyt] /ˈweɪ vəˌlaɪt/
noun, Mineralogy
a hydrous aluminum fluorophosphate occurring as white to yellowish-green or brown aggregates of radiating fibers.
named in 1805 after W. Wavell (died 1829), English physician, its discoverer; see -ite1 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for wavellite


a greyish-white, yellow, or brown mineral consisting of hydrated basic aluminium phosphate in radiating clusters of small orthorhombic crystals. Formula: Al3(PO4)2(OH)3.5H2O
Word Origin
C19: named after William Wavell (died 1829), English physician
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Encyclopedia Article for wavellite

hydrated aluminum phosphate [Al3(PO4)2(OH)35H2O], a common phosphate mineral that typically occurs as translucent, greenish, globular masses in crevices in aluminous metamorphic rocks, in limonite and phosphate-rock deposits, and in hydrothermal veins. Occurrences include Zbiroh, Czech Republic; Montebras, France; Barnstaple, Devon, Eng., where it was first found; Llallagua, Bolivia; and Dunnellon, Fla., U.S. For detailed physical properties, see phosphate mineral (table)

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