[ shey-lahyt, shee- ]
/ ˈʃeɪ laɪt, ˈʃi- /

noun Mineralogy.

calcium tungstate, CaWO4, usually occurring in tetragonal crystals: an important ore of tungsten.

Origin of scheelite

1830–40; < German Scheelit, named after K. W. Scheele, who first isolated tungstic acid; see -ite1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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/ (ˈʃiːlaɪt) /


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

Word Origin for scheelite

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