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rare earth

noun

, Chemistry.
  1. the oxide of any of the rare-earth elements contained in various minerals.


rare earth

noun

  1. any oxide of a lanthanide
  2. Also calledrare-earth element another name for lanthanide


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Word History and Origins

Origin of rare earth1

First recorded in 1875–80

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Example Sentences

China is currently the world’s dominant producer of rare earths, used in a wide range of advanced tech products, having taken that crown from the US in the 1990s.

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According to the company, the Round Top project has over a century’s worth of rare earth supplies.

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It includes a more stringent approval process for mining and processing projects, as well as the import and export of rare earths.

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Quoting unidentified analysts, it reported that China could restrict the US’s access to rare earths in response to Washington’s latest arms sales to Taiwan, which Beijing claims as its own territory.

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The first thing to know about rare earths is that they are not actually all that rare.

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But Joanna Magnusson was one of the rare Earth women who had come out with her husband, twenty years ago.

In 1797 Ekeberg showed that gadolinite contained another rare earth, which was given the name yttria.

The rare earth metals are found in the minerals gadolinite, samarskite, fergusonite, euxenite and cerite.

The first of the rare earth minerals was discovered in 1794 by J. Gadolin and was named gadolinite from its discoverer.

These crude earths, yttria and ceria, have supplied most if not all of the “rare earth” metals.

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