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/ ˈtæk əˌnaɪt /
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a low-grade iron ore, containing about 27 percent iron and 51 percent silica, found as a hard rock formation in the Lake Superior region.
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Origin of taconite
1890–95, Americanism; named after the Taconic mountain range (east of the Hudson River); see -ite1
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It is estimated that taconite will be supplying about a third of our ores in less than 20 years.The Practical Values of Space Exploration|Committee on Science and Astronautics
British Dictionary definitions for taconite
/ (ˈtækəˌnaɪt) /
a fine-grained sedimentary rock containing magnetite, haematite, and silica, which occurs in the Lake Superior region: a low-grade iron ore
Word Origin for taconite
C20: named after the Taconic Mountains in New England
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