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

  • n. A usually white or colorless mineral, essentially Zn4Si2O7(OH)2·H2O, an important ore of zinc. Also called calamine.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An orthorhombic-pyramidal mineral containing hydrogen, oxygen, silicon, and zinc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Calamin, or hydrous silicate of zinc: a name given in allusion to the common hemimorphic character of the crystals.

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

  • n. a white mineral; a common ore of zinc


hemimorph(ic) + -ite1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
-ite (Wiktionary)



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