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Definition of "calcite" [cal•cite]

  • A common crystalline form of natural calcium carbonate, CaCO3, that is the basic constituent of limestone, marble, and chalk. Also called calcspar. (noun)

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Use "calcite" in a sentence
  • "The calcite is basically floating in solution around the shell, and it deposits on the shell like a forming crystal."
  • "The name calcite (Lat. _calx_, _calcis_, meaning burnt lime) is of comparatively recent origin, and was first applied, in 1836, to the"
  • "The latter mode of origin is suggested by the frequent occurrence of calamine pseudomorphous after calcite, that is, having the form of calcite crystals."