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[shey-lahyt, shee-]
noun Mineralogy.
  1. calcium tungstate, CaWO4, usually occurring in tetragonal crystals: an important ore of tungsten.
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Origin of scheelite

1830–40; < German Scheelit, named after K. W. Scheele, who first isolated tungstic acid; see -ite1
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Historical Examples of scheelite

  • Scheelite, another mineral of tungsten, is also found in Queensland.

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British Dictionary definitions for scheelite


  1. a white, brownish, or greenish mineral, usually fluorescent, consisting of calcium tungstate in tetragonal crystalline form with some tungsten often replaced by molybdenum: occurs principally in contact metamorphic rocks and quartz veins, and is an important source of tungsten and purified calcium tungstate. Formula: CaWO 4
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Word Origin for scheelite

C19: from German Scheelit, named after Karl Wilhelm Scheele (1742–86), Swedish chemist
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