glau·​co·​nite | \ ˈglȯ-kə-ˌnīt \

Definition of glauconite

: a mineral consisting of a dull green earthy iron potassium silicate occurring in greensand

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glauconitic \ ˌglȯ-​kə-​ˈni-​tik \ adjective

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The greenish material is glauconite … an authigenic mineral that typically forms in marine shelf settings, thought to reflect very slow sedimentation rates. Brian Romans, WIRED, "Friday Field Foto #45: Glauconitic sandstone," 20 Mar. 2008

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First Known Use of glauconite

1836, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for glauconite

German Glaukonit, irregular from Greek glaukos

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to gather or build up little by little

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