A soft, heavy, orthorhombic mineral, barium sulfate, BaSO4, that is the chief ore of barium, used in making paint, drilling mud, etc.
Other Word Forms of Barite
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”).
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