a mineral, iron-black to steel-gray in color, with a metallic luster, copper iron tin sulfide, Cu2FeSnS4: an ore of tin.

Origin of stannite

First recorded in 1850–55; stann(um) + -ite1
Also called tin pyrites. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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a grey metallic mineral that consists of a sulphide of tin, copper, and iron and is a source of tin. Formula: Cu 2 FeSnS 4

Word Origin for stannite

C19: from stannum + -ite 1
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