phosphate rock

noun

Definition of phosphate rock

: a rock that consists largely of calcium phosphate usually together with other minerals (such as calcium carbonate), is used in making fertilizers, and is a source of phosphorus compounds

Examples of phosphate rock in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On average across Europe today, fertilizer contains about 32 milligrams of cadmium per kilogram (mg Cd/kg) of phosphorus, but the level can be as high as 200 mg Cd/kg, depending on where the phosphate rock is mined. Natasha Gilbert, Science | AAAS, "European Union debates controversial plans to limit cadmium in fertilizer," 10 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of phosphate rock

1869, in the meaning defined above

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“Phosphate rock.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/phosphate%20rock. Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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