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

Examples of monazite in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Extracting the raw rare earth ores, such as bastnasite and monazite, is just the upstream part of the supply chain. Mary Hui, Quartz, "How China built up its dominance in rare earths," 30 Oct. 2020 Two minerals, zircon and monazite, held the key to the crater’s age. Popular Science, "This 43-mile-wide crater is 2.2 billion years old—making it Earth’s oldest meteorite impact," 22 Jan. 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/monazite. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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