bassanite

noun bas·sa·nite \bə-ˈsä-ˌnīt\

Definition of bassanite

plural

-s

  1. :  a mineral CaSO412H2O consisting of calcium sulfate found in white opaque crystals in blocks ejected from Vesuvius in 1906 (specific gravity 2.69–2.76) — compare plaster of paris

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Origin and Etymology of bassanite

Italian, from Francesco Bassani, 20th century Italian geologist + Italian -ite


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