Definition of phosgenite in English:

phosgenite

noun

Mineralogy
  • A rare mineral of the tetragonal crystal system which consists of a carbonate and chloride of lead, Pb₂CO₃Cl₂, and occurs as colourless or pale yellow crystals, chiefly as a product of the weathering of lead ores.

Origin

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in James Nicol (1810–1879), geologist. From phosgene (whose elements the mineral contains) + -ite, after German Phosgenit (A. Breithaupt Vollständiges Handb. der Mineral II. 183; compare earlier Phosgenspath in A. Breithaupt Characteristik des Mineral-Systems 14).

Pronunciation

phosgenite

/ˈfɒsdʒɪnʌɪt/