phosphorite

noun

phos·​pho·​rite ˈfäs-fə-ˌrīt How to pronounce phosphorite (audio)
1
: a fibrous concretionary apatite
2
phosphoritic adjective

Examples of phosphorite in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The other important minerals available in significant quantities are limestone, dolomite, manganese, mica, china clay, graphite, fire clay, coal bed methane, uranium, phosphorite, apatite, quartz, gold, feldspar and pyroxenite. Gurvinder Singh, Quartz India, 4 Oct. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1794, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of phosphorite was in 1794

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“Phosphorite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/phosphorite. Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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