Origin of ilmenite

1820–30; after the Ilmen Mountains (Russian Ilʾménskie góry) in the southern Urals, where it was first identified; see -ite1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. a black mineral found in igneous rocks as layered deposits and in veins. It is the chief source of titanium. Composition: iron titanium oxide. Formula: FeTiO 3 . Crystal structure: hexagonal (rhombohedral)

Word Origin for ilmenite

C19: from Ilmen, mountain range in the southern Urals, Russia, + -ite 1
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ilmenite in Science


  1. A lustrous black to brownish rhombohedral mineral that is an ore of titanium. Ilmenite occurs in igneous rocks and is one of the principal dark minerals observed in beach sands. Chemical formula: FeTiO3.
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