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A mineral of the orthorhombic crystal system which consists of a hydrated basic calcium uranyl phosphate, Ca(UO₂)₃(PO₄)₂(OH)₂.6H₂O, and occurs as a secondary mineral forming yellow translucent plates, scales, and laths on uranium-bearing rocks.
Late 19th century. From phospho- + uranyl + -ite.
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