Barite Definition

bə-rītēz
noun
A yellow, white, or colorless crystalline mineral of barium sulfate, BaSO4 , that is used in paint and as the chief source of barium chemicals.
American Heritage

A soft, heavy, orthorhombic mineral, barium sulfate, BaSO4, that is the chief ore of barium, used in making paint, drilling mud, etc.

Webster's New World

(mineralogy) A mineral, barium sulphate, with the chemical formula BaSO4.

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A usually white, clear, or yellow orthorhombic mineral. Barite occurs as flattened blades or in a circular pattern of crystals that looks like a flower and, when colored red by iron stains, is called a desert rose. It is found in limestone, in clay-rich rocks, and in sandstones. Barite is used as a source of barium. Chemical formula: BaSO4.
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Other Word Forms of Barite

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barite
Plural:
barites

Origin of Barite

  • Greek barus heavy gwerə-1 in Indo-European roots –ite

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Ancient Greek βἀρος (baros, “weight”), βαρύτης (barytes, “weight”).

    From Wiktionary

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