from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A white, red-brown, orange, or light blue principal strontium ore, essentially strontium sulfate, SrSO4, found in sedimentary rock. Also called celestine.

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  • n. A colourless, orange or blue mineral, strontium sulfate, SrSO4, that is an ore of strontium and constitutes the skeletons of Acantharea.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In mineralogy, native strontium sulphate.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a mineral consisting of strontium sulphate


celestine + -ite1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin caelestisĀ ("celestial, heavenly"), "celestial" because of the usual blue shade. (Wiktionary)


  • Uniquely, the spiny skeletons and cyst shells of acantharians are composed of crystalline strontium sulphate, known as celestite, precipitated from seawater in the upper ocean. - latest science and technology news stories

  • Possible substitutes for barite, especially in the oil drilling industry, include other similar minerals, such as celestite (strontium sulfate, SrSO4) and iron ore.


  • The most common of these two minerals is celestite.


  • Strontium is recovered from two strontium minerals, strontianite (strontium carbonate) and celestite (strontium sulfate).


  • ~ Strontium occurs sparingly in nature, usually as strontianite (SrCO_ {3}) and as celestite (SrSO_ {4}).

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  • Both minerals form beautiful colorless crystals, though celestite is sometimes colored a faint blue.

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  • ANGLESITE, a mineral consisting of lead sulphate, PbSO_ {4}, crystallizing in the orthorhombic system, and isomorphous with barytes and celestite.

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  • There are distinct cleavages parallel to the faces of the prism (110) and the basal plane (001), but these are not so well developed as in the isomorphous minerals barytes and celestite.

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  • Blue lace agate, sapphire, celestite, turquoise and aquamarine are used for this chakra.

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  • In the conference call an healthy and pleasant man masterpiece celestite hazily hayfield an art confidence in his headband as piratically of his insignificance.

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