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bluestone

bluestone, common name for the blue, crystalline heptahydrate of cupric sulfate called chalcanthite, a minor ore of copper. It also refers to a fine-grained, light to dark colored blue-gray sandstone. Deposits are extensively quarried as flagstone (paving stone) in New York and Pennsylvania and used commercially for buildings and paving stone.

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