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  1. a velvet-black mineral, a complex columbate-tantalate of uranium, cerium, etc., occurring in masses: a minor source of uranium, thorium, and rare-earth oxides.
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Origin of samarskite

< German Samarskit (1847), after Russian mining engineer V.E. Samarskiĭ-Bykhovets (1803–70); see -ite1
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  • The rare earth metals are found in the minerals gadolinite, samarskite, fergusonite, euxenite and cerite.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 7


  • It is found in the minerals gadolinite, cerite, samarskite and fergusonite, and is usually obtained from cerite.

British Dictionary definitions for samarskite


  1. a velvety black mineral of complex composition occurring in pegmatites: used as a source of uranium and certain rare earth elements
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Word Origin

C19: named after Colonel von Samarski, 19th-century Russian inspector of mines
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