gad·​o·​lin·​ite | \ ˈga-də-lə-ˌnīt How to pronounce gadolinite (audio) \

Definition of gadolinite

: a black or brown mineral that is a source of rare earths and consists of a silicate especially of iron, beryllium, yttrium, cerium, and erbium

First Known Use of gadolinite

1801, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gadolinite

borrowed from French, from Johan Gadolin †1852 Finnish chemist and mineralogist + -ite -ite entry 1

Note: Gadolin wrote a description of the mineral based on a sample found at the Ytterby quarry on the island of Resarö in the Stockholm Archipelago, Sweden ("Undersökning av en svart tung stenart ifrån Ytterby stenbrott i Roslagen," Kongl. Vetenskaps-Akademiens Nya Handlingar, vol. 15 [1794], pp. 137-55).

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“Gadolinite.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 12 December 2019.

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