xenotime

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n xenotime a brown-to-yellow mineral that is a phosphate of yttrium in crystalline form
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Xenotime (Min) A native phosphate of yttrium occurring in yellowish-brown tetragonal crystals.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n xenotime A native phosphate of yttrium, having a yellowish-brown color, and crystallizing in squares, octahedrons, and prisms. It resembles zircon in form, but is inferior in hardness.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. honoring guests or strangers; xe`nos guest, stranger + honor: cf. G. xenotim,