• WordNet 3.6
    • n barite a white or colorless mineral (BaSO4); the main source of barium
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Barite (Min) Native sulphate of barium, a mineral occurring in transparent, colorless, white to yellow crystals (generally tabular), also in granular form, and in compact massive forms resembling marble. It has a high specific gravity, and hence is often called heavy spar. It is a common mineral in metallic veins.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n barite Native barium sulphate: also called barytes and heavy-spar, because of its high specific gravity. It occurs in orthorhombic crystals, commonly tabular, and with perfect prismatic and basal cleavage. It is often transparent, and varies in color from white to yellow, gray, red, blue, or brown. There are also massive varieties, columnar, granular, and compact, resembling marble. It is a common mineral in metallic veins and beds. It is sometimes mined and ground in a mill, and used to adulterate white lead. Also baroselenite, barytine.
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In literature:

They are variously associated with a gangue of dolomite, calcite, quartz, iron pyrite, barite, and chert.
"The Economic Aspect of Geology" by C. K. Leith
Simon Barit, he often beats his wife.
"The Blower of Bubbles" by Arthur Beverley Baxter

In poetry:

From the ridges east of Norman
In a narrow strip of land
Grow the barite crystal roses,
The oklahoma roses, crystallized in sand.
"Sand Roses" by Isobel Stone
From the springs where barite mixed
With red sand to crystallize
Came the mystery roses scattered
Glittering up like starry eyes --
"Sand Roses" by Isobel Stone

In news:

This system eliminates drilling fluid product degradation, prevents wellbore control issues such as barite sag and provides a thin filter cake for enhanced logging conditions.