Variscite meaning

vâr'ĭ-sīt', văr'-
A rare, light to dark or bluish green, translucent mineral, Al(PO4 ) · 2H2 O, found in aluminum-rich rocks and sometimes used as a semiprecious stone.
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A relatively rare hydrated aluminum phosphate mineral (AlPO4·2H2O), sometimes confused with turquoise.
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Origin of variscite

  • German Variscit from Medieval Latin Variscia ancient name for Vogtland, region of Germany where the mineral was discovered
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Named after the locality of Variscia, the dated name of Vogtland, Germany.
    From Wiktionary