churchite

1 of 2

noun (1)

church·​ite
-ˌchīt,
usually -īt+V
plural -s
: a church supporter or advocate

churchite

2 of 2

noun (2)

"
plural -s
: a mineral (Ce,Ca) (PO4).2H2O consisting of a hydrous cerium calcium phosphate occurring in thin drusy crusts of small light gray to pink crystals (specific gravity 3.1)

Word History

Etymology

Noun (1)

church entry 1 + -ite

Noun (2)

Arthur H. Church †1915 English chemist + English -ite

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1791, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1865, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of churchite was in 1791

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“Churchite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/churchite. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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