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A sedimentary rock consisting predominantly of apatite and other phosphates.
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1. (Minerals) a fibrous variety of the mineral apatite
2. (Minerals) any of various mineral deposits that consist mainly of calcium phosphate
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a sedimentary rock sufficiently rich in phosphate minerals to be used as a source of phosphorus for fertilizers.
phos`pho•rit′ic (-ˈrɪt ɪk) adj.
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