vaterite

noun

va·​ter·​ite
ˈvätəˌrīt,
ˈfä-
plural -s
: a mineral CaCo3 that consists of a relatively unstable form of calcium carbonate and is polymorphous with calcite and aragonite

Word History

Etymology

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

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“Vaterite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vaterite. Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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