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A hydrated triclinic phosphate of lead and uranium, Pb₂(UO₂)(PO₄)₂·2H₂O, occurring as crusts and powdery aggregates of transparent or translucent, minute, lath-like crystals.
1920s; earliest use found in Chemical Abstracts. From French parsonsite from the name of Arthur Leonard Parsons, Canadian mineralogist + -ite.
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