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Cal"cite (kăl"sīt), n.
[L. calx, calcis, lime.] (Min.) Calcium
carbonate, or carbonate of lime. It is rhombohedral in its
crystallization, and thus distinguished from aragonite. It
includes common limestone, chalk, and marble. Called also
calc-spar and calcareous spar.
&fist; Argentine is a pearly lamellar variety;
aphrite is foliated or chalklike; dogtooth spar, a
form in acute rhombohedral or scalenohedral crystals; calc-
sinter and calc-tufa are lose or porous varieties
formed in caverns or wet grounds from calcareous deposits;
agaric mineral is a soft, white friable variety of similar
origin; stalaclite and stalagmite are varieties
formed from the drillings in caverns. Iceland spar is a
transparent variety, exhibiting the strong double refraction of
the species, and hence is called doubly refracting
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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