spencerite

noun

spen·​cer·​ite
-rīt
plural -s
: a mineral Zn4(PO4)2(OH)2.3H2O consisting of a hydrous basic zinc phosphate occurring in pearly white scaly masses and small monoclinic crystals (hardness 2.7, specific gravity 3.1)

Word History

Etymology

Leonard J. Spencer †1959 English mineralogist + English -ite

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“Spencerite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spencerite. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

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