plural -s
: a mineral (ZnCu)Pb(VO4)(OH) consisting of a basic vanadate chiefly of lead and zinc and varying in color from cherry red to brown and black (hardness 3.5, specific gravity 5.9–6.2)

Word History


French descloizite, from A.L.O.L. Des Cloizeaux †1897 French mineralogist + French -ite

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“Descloizite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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