erikite

noun
er·​ik·​ite | \ ˈerə̇ˌkīt \
plural -s

Definition of erikite

: 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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History and Etymology for 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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“Erikite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/erikite. Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

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