variants or collophanite
plural -s
: any of the massive cryptocrystalline varieties of apatite, often opaline or horny in appearance, used as a source of phosphate for fertilizers
usually : a hydroxylapatite containing carbonate

Word History


International Scientific Vocabulary coll- + -phan or -phan + -ite; originally formed as German kollophan

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“Collophane.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

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