[an-uh-teys, -teyz]

Origin of anatase

1835–45; < French < Greek anátasis, equivalent to ana- ana- + ta- (variant stem of teínein to stretch) + -sis -sis
Also called octahedrite. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. a rare blue or black mineral that consists of titanium oxide in tetragonal crystalline form and occurs in veins in igneous rocks. Formula: TiO 2Also called: octahedrite

Word Origin for anatase

C19: from French, from Greek anatasis an extending (referring to the length of the crystals), from anateinein to stretch out
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