Meaning of aragonite in English:


Pronunciation /ˈarəɡ(ə)nʌɪt/


mass noun
  • A mineral consisting of calcium carbonate and typically occurring as colourless prisms in deposits from hot springs.

    ‘That coating has been tentatively identified as aragonite.’
    • ‘These two forms are called aragonite and calcite.’
    • ‘Microscopic crystals of aragonite located in the inner ears of zebrafish control balance and hearing.’
    • ‘Otoliths consist of calcium carbonate, mainly in the form of aragonite, and organic matter called otoline.’
    • ‘Coral's hard parts are composed of aragonite, a form of calcium carbonate.’


Early 19th century from the place name Aragon+ -ite.