Cal"a*mine (?), n. [F. calamine, LL. calamina, fr. L. Cabmia. See Cadmia.] min.

A mineral, the hydrous silicate of zinc.

The name was formerly applied to both the carbonate and silicate of zinc each of which is valuable as an ore; but it is now usually restricted to the latter, the former being called smithsonite.


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