va·​ter·​ite | \ ˈvätəˌrīt, ˈfä- \
plural -s

Definition of vaterite

: a mineral CaCo3 that consists of a relatively unstable form of calcium carbonate and is polymorphous with calcite and aragonite

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History and Etymology for vaterite

Heinrich Vater, 20th century German mineralogist + English -ite

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“Vaterite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2020.

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