Origin of baritefrom Classical Greek barys, weighty (see grave) + -ite
a soft, heavy, orthorhombic mineral, barium sulfate, BaSO, that is the chief ore of barium, used in making paint, drilling mud, etc.
A yellow, white, or colorless crystalline mineral of barium sulfate, BaSO4, that is used in paint and as the chief source of barium chemicals. Also called heavy spar .
Origin of bariteGreek barus heavy ; see gwerə-1 in Indo-European roots. -ite 1
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.
(countable and uncountable, plural barites)
From Ancient Greek βἀρος (baros, “weight”), βαρύτης (barytes, “weight”).
- Its most striking feature and the one from which it derives its name barytes, barite (from the Greek Oapis, heavy) or heavy spar, is its weight.