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A green, brown, or yellow mineral, Pb5(PO4)3Cl, a minor ore of lead.
[German Pyromorphit : Greek puro-, pyro- + Greek morphē, form.]
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(Minerals) a green, yellow, brown, or grey secondary mineral that consists of lead chloro-phosphate in the form of hexagonal crystals. Formula: Pb5Cl(PO4)3
[C19: from German Pyromorphit, from pyro- + Greek morphē form + -ite1, an allusion to the fact that it assumes a crystalline form when heated]
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py•ro•mor•phite(ˌpaɪ rəˈmɔr faɪt)
a mineral, lead chlorophosphate-arsenate, Pb5(PO4AsO4)3Cl, occurring in transparent crystals and globular aggregates: a minor ore of lead.
[1805–15; < German Pyromorphit]
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|Noun||1.||pyromorphite - a mineral consisting of lead chloride and phosphate; a minor source of lead|
mineral - solid homogeneous inorganic substances occurring in nature having a definite chemical composition
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