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(Minerals) another name for fluorspar
[C17: from Latin: a flowing; so called from its use as a metallurgical flux]
fluo•rite(ˈflʊər aɪt, ˈflɔr-, ˈfloʊr-)
a mineral, calcium fluoride, CaF2, occurring in crystals and in masses: the chief source of fluorine. Also called fluor , fluorspar.
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|Noun||1.||fluor - a soft mineral (calcium fluoride) that is fluorescent in ultraviolet light; chief source of fluorine|
atomic number 20, Ca, calcium - a white metallic element that burns with a brilliant light; the fifth most abundant element in the earth's crust; an important component of most plants and animals
atomic number 9, fluorine, F - a nonmetallic univalent element belonging to the halogens; usually a yellow irritating toxic flammable gas; a powerful oxidizing agent; recovered from fluorite or cryolite or fluorapatite
mineral - solid homogeneous inorganic substances occurring in nature having a definite chemical composition