catapleiite

noun cat·a·plei·ite \ˌkatəˈplīˌīt\

Definition of catapleiite

plural

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  1. :  a rare mineral (Na2,Ca)ZrSi3O9.2H2O consisting of hydrous silicate of sodium, calcium, and zirconium occurring in thin tabular yellow or yellowish brown crystals (hardness 6, specific gravity 2.8)

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Origin and Etymology of catapleiite

German katapleiit, from Greek kata in the region of, down + pleiōn more + -it -ite; from its occurence together with other rare minerals — more at cata-, pleonasm


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