monazite monazite


  • (n) a reddish-brown mineral containing rare earth metals; an important source of thorium and cerium


  1. It occurs in monazite sand deposits throughout the world, notably in Brazil, India, South Africa, Ceylon, Madagascar, Indonesia, Malaya and Russia's Ilmen Mountains.
  2. Its monazite sands offer the promise of thorium, a source of fissionable material.

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