phos·​pho·​rite | \ ˈfäs-fə-ˌrīt How to pronounce phosphorite (audio) \

Definition of phosphorite

1 : a fibrous concretionary apatite

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phosphoritic \ ˌfäs-​fə-​ˈri-​tik How to pronounce phosphorite (audio) \ 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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First Known Use of phosphorite

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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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