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English Dictionary: bitter spar by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
bitter spar
n
  1. a light colored mineral consisting of calcium magnesium carbonate; a source of magnesium; used as a ceramic and as fertilizer
    Synonym(s): dolomite, bitter spar
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Dolomite \Dol"o*mite\, n. [After the French geologist Dolomieu.]
      (Geol. & Min.)
      A mineral consisting of the carbonate of lime and magnesia in
      varying proportions. It occurs in distinct crystals, and in
      extensive beds as a compact limestone, often crystalline
      granular, either white or clouded. It includes much of the
      common white marble. Also called {bitter spar}.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Bitter spar \Bit"ter spar"\
      A common name of dolomite; -- so called because it contains
      magnesia, the soluble salts of which are bitter. See
      {Dolomite}.
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