monazite

noun
mon·​a·​zite | \ ˈmä-nə-ˌzīt How to pronounce monazite (audio) \

Definition of monazite

: a yellow to red or brown mineral that is a phosphate of thorium and various rare earth elements and occurs especially in sand and gravel deposits

First Known Use of monazite

1836, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for monazite

German Monazit, from Greek monazein

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“Monazite.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/monazite. Accessed 8 December 2019.

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