[ lahy-muh-nahyt ]

  1. an amorphous hydrated ferric oxide, varying in color from dark brown to yellow, used as an ore of iron.

Origin of limonite

1815–25; <Greek leimṓn meadow + -ite1

Other words from limonite

  • li·mo·nit·ic [lahy-muh-nit-ik], /ˌlaɪ məˈnɪt ɪk/, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for limonite


/ (ˈlaɪməˌnaɪt) /

  1. a common brown, black, or yellow amorphous secondary mineral that consists of hydrated ferric oxides and is a source of iron. Formula: FeO(OH). n H 2 O

Origin of limonite

C19: probably from Greek leimōn, translation of earlier German name, Wiesenerz meadow ore

Derived forms of limonite

  • limonitic (ˌlaɪməˈnɪtɪk), adjective

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