tantalite

[ tan-tl-ahyt ]
/ ˈtæn tlˌaɪt /
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noun

a black, crystalline mineral, iron tantalate, (Fe, Mn) Ta2O6, the principal ore of tantalum and an end member of a series of solid solutions in which manganese and niobium combine to form columbite.

Nearby words

  1. tant pis,
  2. tanta,
  3. tantalate,
  4. tantalic,
  5. tantalic acid,
  6. tantalize,
  7. tantalizing,
  8. tantalous,
  9. tantalum,
  10. tantalus

Origin of tantalite

First recorded in 1795–1805; tantal(um) + -ite1

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British Dictionary definitions for tantalite

tantalite

/ (ˈtæntəˌlaɪt) /

noun

a heavy brownish mineral consisting of a tantalum oxide of iron and manganese in orthorhombic crystalline form: it occurs in coarse granite, often with columbite, and is an ore of tantalum. Formula: (Fe,Mn)(Ta,Nb) 2 O 6

Word Origin for tantalite

C19: from tantalum + -ite 1

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