willemite

noun
wil·​lem·​ite | \ ˈwi-lə-ˌmīt How to pronounce willemite (audio) \

Definition of willemite

: a mineral of varying color consisting of a silicate of zinc and occurring especially in massive or granular forms

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Recent Examples on the Web The green color signifies a different type of zinc ore called willemite. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian, "See the World’s Largest Collection of Fluorescent Rocks," 28 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of willemite

circa 1841, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for willemite

German Willemit, from Willem (William) I †1843 king of the Netherlands

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“Willemite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/willemite. Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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