American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A usually white or colorless mineral, essentially Zn4Si2O7(OH)2·H2O, an important ore of zinc. Also called calamine.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Calamin, or hydrous silicate of zinc: a name given in allusion to the common hemimorphic character of the crystals.
- n. a white mineral; a common ore of zinc
- -ite (Wiktionary)
- hemimorph(ic) + -ite1. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“This unfortunate confusion is somewhat lessened by the use of the terms zinc-spar and hemimorphite (_q. v._) for the carbonate and silicate respectively.”
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