Definition of barite
: barium sulfate occurring as a mineral
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Hominid remains were actually stumbled upon there in the 1960s by miners looking for the crystalline mineral barite, and were studied at the time by anthropologists.
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Origin and Etymology of barite
Greek barytēs weight, from barys
First Known Use: 1837See Words from the same year
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