[ kuh-luhm-bahyt ]
/ kəˈlʌm baɪt /


a black, crystalline mineral, iron niobate, (Fe, Mn)Nb2O6, the principal ore of niobium, an end member of a series of solid solutions in which manganese and tantalum combine to form tantalite.

Origin of columbite

First recorded in 1795–1805; columb(ium) + -ite1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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/ (kəˈlʌmbaɪt) /


a black mineral consisting of a niobium oxide of iron and manganese in orthorhombic crystalline form: occurs in coarse granite, often with tantalite, and is an ore of niobium. Formula: (Fe, Mn)(Nb) 2 O 6Also called: niobite

Word Origin for columbite

C19: from columbium + -ite 1
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