vivianite

noun
viv·​i·​an·​ite | \ ˈvivēəˌnīt \
plural -s

Definition of vivianite

: a mineral Fe3(PO4)2.8H2O consisting of a hydrous ferrous phosphate that has limited isomorphism with annabergite, erythrite, and koettigite, is colorless when unaltered or blue to green when unaltered but grows darker on exposure, and occurs in monoclinic crystals or fibrous, massive, and earthy (hardness 1.5–2; specific gravity, 2.58–2.68)

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History and Etymology for vivianite

German vivianit, from J. G. Vivian, 19th century English mineralogist + German -it -ite

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“Vivianite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vivianite. Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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