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Calcite vs. Alabaster

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Calcitenoun

(geology) a very widely distributed crystalline form of calcium carbonate, CaCO3, found as limestone, chalk and marble

Alabasternoun

A fine-grained white or lightly-tinted variety of gypsum, used ornamentally.

Calcitenoun

Calcium carbonate, or carbonate of lime. It is rhombohedral in its crystallization, and thus distinguished from aragonite. It includes common limestone, chalk, and marble. Called also calc-spar and calcareous spar.

Alabasternoun

(historical) A variety of calcite, translucent and sometimes banded.

Calcitenoun

a common mineral consisting of crystallized calcium carbonate; a major constituent of limestone

Alabasternoun

An off-white colour, like that of alabaster.

Calcite

Calcite is a carbonate mineral and the most stable polymorph of calcium carbonate (CaCO3). The Mohs scale of mineral hardness, based on scratch hardness comparison, defines value 3 as .

‘calcite’;

Alabasteradjective

Made of alabaster

‘The crown is stored in an alabaster box with an onyx handle and a gold lock.’;

Alabasteradjective

Resembling alabaster: white, pale, translucent.

‘An ominous alabaster fog settled in the valley.’;

Alabasternoun

A compact variety or sulphate of lime, or gypsum, of fine texture, and usually white and translucent, but sometimes yellow, red, or gray. It is carved into vases, mantel ornaments, etc.

Alabasternoun

A box or vessel for holding odoriferous ointments, etc.; - so called from the stone of which it was originally made.

Alabasternoun

a compact fine-textured usually white gypsum used for carving

Alabasternoun

a hard compact kind of calcite

Alabasternoun

a very light white

Alabaster

Alabaster is a mineral or rock that is soft, often used for carving, and is processed for plaster powder. Archaeologists and the stone processing industry use the word differently from geologists.

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