serendibite

noun

seren·​dib·​ite
¦serən¦diˌbīt,
səˈrendə̇ˌb-
plural -s
: a mineral (Ca,Mg)5Al5B2Si2O10 consisting of a silicate and borate of calcium, magnesium, and aluminum and occurring in irregular blue grains in Sri Lanka

Word History

Etymology

from Serendib, Serendip, former name for Ceylon (from Arabic Sarandīb) + English -ite

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“Serendibite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/serendibite. Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

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