erikite

noun er·ik·ite \ˈerə̇ˌkīt\

Definition of erikite

plural

-s

  1. :  a mineral consisting of a silicate and phosphate of the cerium metals that is of uncertain composition and occurs in brown orthorhombic crystals

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Origin and Etymology of erikite

German or Danish erikit, from Erik (Eric) the Red, 10th century Norwegian-Icelandic explorer who organized the first white settlements of Greenland, the mineral's locality + German or Danish -it -ite


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