- like spar.
Origin of spathic
1780–90; < German Spat (earlier spelling Spath) spar + -ic
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Siderite, or spathic iron ore, FeCO3, crystallizes in the rhombohedral system and contains 48.28% of iron.
It is obtained from hmatite and spathic ore, coke being used for the smelting.Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II
Spathic Iron Ore.—Carbonate of iron, when found in a comparatively pure and crystallized state, is known as spathic or sparry.
It was early known as spathose iron, spathic iron or steel ore.
- (of minerals) resembling spar, esp in having good cleavage
C18: from German Spat, Spath spar ³; related to Old High German spān chip; see spoon
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