celestite

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n celestite a mineral consisting of strontium sulphate
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Celestite (Min) Native strontium sulphate, a mineral so named from its occasional delicate blue color. It occurs crystallized, also in compact massive and fibrous forms.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n celestite In mineralogy, native strontium sulphate. It is found in orthorhombic crystals resembling those of barite in form, also massive and fibrous. The color is white, or a delicate blue (whence the name). It occurs finely crystallized in Sicily, with native sulphur, at many other localities in Europe, and in America on Strontian island in Lake Erie, at Lockport in New York, etc. Also celestin, celestine, cœlestin, cœlestine.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
LL. caelestinus, bine