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A rare, light to dark or bluish green, translucent mineral, Al(PO4)·2H2O, found in aluminum-rich rocks and sometimes used as a semiprecious stone.
[German Variscit, from Medieval Latin Variscia, ancient name for Vogtland, region of Germany where the mineral was discovered.]
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(Minerals) a green secondary mineral consisting of hydrated aluminium phosphate
[from Medieval Latin Variscia, the district of Vogtland in Saxony]
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