bradleyite

noun brad·ley·ite \ˈbradlēˌīt\

Definition of bradleyite

plural

-s

  1. :  a mineral Na3Mg(PO4)(CO3) consisting of a rare phosphate and carbonate of sodium and magnesium

Love words? You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Join MWU now and get access to America’s largest dictionary, with:

  • 300,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

Origin and Etymology of bradleyite

Wilmot H. Bradley †1979 American geologist + 1-ite See Joseph J. Fahey and George Tunell, “Bradleyite, a New Mineral, Sodium Phosphate-Magnesium Carbonate,” American Mineralogist, vol. 26, no. 11 (November, 1941), pp. 646-50. According to the authors, “the new mineral is named bradleyite in honor of Dr. Wilmot H. Bradley of the Geological Survey, U.S. Department of the Interior, whose many years of productive geological investigation in this area [the Green River formation, Wyoming] well merit this recognition.”


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up bradleyite? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a brief usually trivial fact

Get Word of the Day daily email!