cassiterite

[ kuh-sit-uh-rahyt ]
/ kəˈsɪt əˌraɪt /
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noun

a brown or black mineral, tin dioxide, SnO2, that crystallizes in the tetragonal system; tinstone: the principal ore of tin.

Nearby words

  1. cassiopeia,
  2. cassirer,
  3. cassirer, ernst,
  4. cassis,
  5. cassite,
  6. cassites,
  7. cassius,
  8. cassius longinus,
  9. cassivelaunus,
  10. cassock

Origin of cassiterite

1855–60; < Greek kassíter(os) tin + -ite1

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British Dictionary definitions for cassiterite

cassiterite

/ (kəˈsɪtəˌraɪt) /

noun

a black or brown mineral, found in igneous rocks and hydrothermal veins. It is a source of tin. Composition: tin oxide. Formula: SnO 2 . Crystal structure: tetragonalAlso called: tinstone

Word Origin for cassiterite

C19: from Greek kassiteros tin

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