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monazite

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noun mon·a·zite \ˈmä-nə-ˌzīt\

Definition of monazite

  1. :  a yellow to red or brown mineral that is a phosphate of thorium and various rare earth elements and occurs especially in sand and gravel deposits



Origin and Etymology of monazite

German Monazit, from Greek monazein


First Known Use: 1836


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