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Named for type locality Wheal Franco (a copper mine in Tavistock, in Devon, England) +‎ -lite.


francolite (countable and uncountable, plural francolites)

  1. (mineralogy) A synonym of carbonate-rich fluorapatite; a variety of apatite.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for francolite in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913)

Further reading[edit]

  • David Barthelmy (1997–2023), “Francolite”, in Webmineral Mineralogy Database.
  • francolite”, in[1], Hudson Institute of Mineralogy, 2000–2023.