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- n. A saline evaporite, consisting of a mixed sodium and calcium carbonate, with the chemical formula Na2Ca(CO3)2·5H2O.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A yellowish white, translucent mineral, consisting of the carbonates of lime and soda, with water.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A mineral occurring in monoclinic crystals, and consisting of the carbonates of calcium and sodium, in nearly equal quantities, with water. It is found in Peru, and is also abundant in a saline lake near Ragtown in Nevada.
From Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac, French chemist, + -ite. (Wiktionary)