[ tan-tl-ahyt ]
/ ˈtæn tlˌaɪt /
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.
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It is a constituent of certain rare minerals, such as tantalite.A Textbook of Assaying: For the Use of Those Connected with Mines.|Cornelius Beringer and John Jacob Beringer
British Dictionary definitions for tantalite
/ (ˈtæntəˌlaɪt) /
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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