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A mineral consisting of calcium carbonate, typically occurring in white seashells and as colorless prisms in deposits in hot springs.
- ‘Otoliths consist of calcium carbonate, mainly in the form of aragonite, and organic matter called otoline.’
- ‘That coating has been tentatively identified as aragonite.’
- ‘Microscopic crystals of aragonite located in the inner ears of zebrafish control balance and hearing.’
- ‘Coral's hard parts are composed of aragonite, a form of calcium carbonate.’
- ‘These two forms are called aragonite and calcite.’
Early 19th century: from the place name Aragon + -ite.
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