Definition of baryte in English:


(also barite, barytes)


  • A mineral consisting of barium sulphate, typically occurring as colourless prismatic crystals or thin white flakes.

    • ‘The carnelian fortifications in these limbs are typical of the colorful chalcedony serving as cementing agents in conglomerates and replacing barite crystals and other fossils in the Brushy Basin sediments.’
    • ‘White to yellowish calcite often fills the central part of the agate and must be dissolved away to expose the quartz, which is common, and the barite, which is less common.’
    • ‘The barite occurs as sheaves and clusters of tabular crystals, ranging from pale yellow to pale blue; exposure to sunlight is reliably reported to deepen the blue color.’
    • ‘In the largest pockets, pale blue barite crystals formed coatings to 1 cm thick on the calcite crystals.’
    • ‘They argue that the planning permission allows Bleaklow Industries to extract only the minerals of fluorspar, barytes and lead from the site and not large quantities of limestone.’
    • ‘Purple cubes to 2.5 cm on edge are sometimes found with long bladed crystals of pink barite.’
    • ‘If the discharge is cooler, sulfate minerals such as barite typically precipitate, producing white ‘smoke.’’
    • ‘A very small percentage of the concretions contain barite crystals.’
    • ‘These sedimentary rocks contain a high percentage of volcanic ash that provides the barium necessary for barite formation.’
    • ‘Also, white barite crystals stained red by hematite can be found in the walls of the old pit, and cryptomelane as matted fibers often occurs with manganite crystals in quartz veins.’
    • ‘Calcite and barite actually crystallize after the formation of chalcedony and quartz cease and often infill or possibly cause subsequent fracturing of the agate.’
    • ‘Stoneham barite crystals have been on the market periodically since commercial operations took place about a decade ago.’
    • ‘In this section the barite zone occurs at the top of the first ridge, just above the transition from grass to bare shale.’
    • ‘Veins of white barite occupy fractures in thin seams of coal.’
    • ‘Golden barite crystals are well known from the locality.’
    • ‘Silica, iron and barite mineralizations are widespread along the basal detachment.’
    • ‘The crystallization of barite followed the calcite and quartz.’
    • ‘Crawford was interested in the study of minerals and other chemicals and spent some time analyzing the mineral known as baryte, a primary source of the element barium.’


Late 18th century (as barytes): from Greek barus ‘heavy’ + endings based on Greek -ites.