Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A hydrated phosphate of calcium found in the guano of Aves Islands and Sombrero in the West Indies, in slender monoclinic crystals of a pale-yellow color.
- n. mineralogy A mineral formed by the interaction of guano with calcite and clay at a low pH, believed to be a precursor of apatite.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Min.) A white or gray crystalline mineral consisting of the acid phosphate of calcium.
- Brush + -ite after American mineralogist George Jarvis Brush (1831-1912). (Wiktionary)
“Arsenate is removed by being exchanged for phosphate in the mineral brushite, a crystalline structure found in the stones.”
“The mineral brushite, CaHPO_4·2H_2O, which is isomorphous with the acid arsenate pharmacolite, CaHAsO_4·2H_2O, is an acid phosphate, and assumes monoclinic forms.”
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