symplesite

noun

sym·​ple·​site
ˈsimpləˌsīt
plural -s
: a mineral Fe2(AsO4)3.8H2O consisting of a hydrous iron arsenate and occurring in small blue to bluish-green monoclinic crystals and in radiated aggregates (hardness 2.5, specific gravity 3)

Word History

Etymology

German symplesit, from Greek syn- + plēsiazein to bring near, come near, associate with (from plēsios near) + German -it -ite; from its being found in association with other minerals

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“Symplesite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/symplesite. Accessed 28 Jan. 2023.

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