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noun Chemistry.

a dark-red, crystalline, water-insoluble solid, Fe2O3, occurring naturally, as hematite and rust, or synthesized: used chiefly as a pigment, as a mordant, as a coating for magnetic recording tape, and in the manufacture of polishing compounds.

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Also called iron oxide.

Origin of ferric oxide

First recorded in 1880–85
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British Dictionary definitions for ferric oxide

ferric oxide

noun

a red crystalline insoluble oxide of iron that occurs as haematite and rust and is made by heating ferrous sulphate: used as a pigment and metal polish (jeweller's rouge), and as a sensitive coating on magnetic tape. Formula: Fe 2 O 3Systematic name: iron (III) oxide
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Scientific definitions for ferric oxide

ferric oxide

A reddish-brown to silver or black compound which occurs naturally as the mineral hematite and as rust. It is often used as a pigment and a metal polish. Chemical formula: Fe2O3.
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