autunite

noun

au·​tun·​ite ō-ˈtə-ˌnīt How to pronounce autunite (audio) ˈȯ-tə- How to pronounce autunite (audio)
: a radioactive usually lemon-yellow calcium phosphate mineral that occurs in tabular crystals and in scales and that is an ore of uranium

Word History

Etymology

Autun (town in Saône-et-Loire, France, near which the mineral was found) + -ite entry 1

First Known Use

circa 1852, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of autunite was circa 1852

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“Autunite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/autunite. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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