Noun Xenotime Definition and Examples


Noun:

Xenotime

Pronunciation:

/ˈzɛnə(ʊ)tʌɪm/

Definition:
1.

noun

A yellowish-brown mineral which occurs in some igneous rocks and consists of a phosphate of yttrium and other rare earth elements.
  1. 'Zircon, monazite, xenotime and white mica were extracted from the sample.'
  2. 'I dutifully explained that the smoky spots were probably the result of natural irradiation caused by many tiny radioactive mineral grains, possibly monazite or xenotime.'
((n.) A native phosphate of yttrium occurring in yellowish-brown tetragonal crystals.)


Origin:
Mid 19th century: from xeno-, apparently erroneously for Greek kenos ‘vain, empty’, + timē ‘honour’ (because it was wrongly supposed to contain a new metal).

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