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(Minerals) a colourless or white mineral consisting of barium sulphate in orthorhombic crystalline form, occurring in sedimentary rocks and with sulphide ores: a source of barium. Formula: BaSO4. Also called: barite (esp US and Canadian) or heavy spar
[C18: from Greek barus heavy + -itēs -ite1]
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bar•ite(ˈbɛər aɪt, ˈbær-)
a mineral, barium sulfate, BaSO4, occurring in white, yellow, or colorless tabular crystals: the principal ore of barium.
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|Noun||1.||barytes - a white or colorless mineral (BaSO4); the main source of barium|
atomic number 56, Ba, barium - a soft silvery metallic element of the alkali earth group; found in barite
mineral - solid homogeneous inorganic substances occurring in nature having a definite chemical composition
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