phosgenite

noun
phos·​gen·​ite | \ ˈfäzˌjēˌnīt, -jəˌn- \
plural -s

Definition of phosgenite

: a mineral Pb2Cl2CO2 consisting of lead chloroformate occurring in tetragonal crystals of a white, yellow, or grayish color and adamantine luster (hardness 3, specific gravity 6.0–6.3)

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History and Etymology for phosgenite

German phosgenit, from phosgen phosgene + -it -ite

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“Phosgenite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/phosgenite. Accessed 23 Oct. 2020.

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