zirconium silicate

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n zirconium silicate a common mineral occurring in small crystals; chief source of zirconium; used as a refractory when opaque and as a gem when transparent
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Usage

In literature:

The zirconium silicate, zircon, is a fairly common accessory constituent of granitic rocks and pegmatite veins.
"The Economic Aspect of Geology" by C. K. Leith
ZIRCON is itself a species of mineral and is a silicate of zirconium.
"A Text-Book of Precious Stones for Jewelers and the Gem-Loving Public" by Frank Bertram Wade
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