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A mineral of the trigonal system consisting of cadmium carbonate, CdCO₃, and occurring as crusts of minute rhombohedral crystals, usually white or greyish white in colour.
Early 20th century; earliest use found in Journal of the Chemical Society. From the name of Otavi, a town in northern Namibia + -ite, after German Otavit.
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