thorite

noun
tho·​rite | \ ˈthȯr-ˌīt How to pronounce thorite (audio) \

Definition of thorite

: a rare mineral that is a brown to black or sometimes orange-yellow silicate of thorium resembling zircon

First Known Use of thorite

1832, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for thorite

Swedish thorit, from New Latin thorium

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“Thorite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/thorite. Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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