[ ten-uh-rahyt ]
/ ˈtɛn əˌraɪt /


a mineral, cupric oxide, CuO, occurring in veins of copper in black, minute scales.

Origin of tenorite

1860–65; named after G. Tenore (died 1861), president of Naples Academy; see -ite1
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/ (ˈtɛnəˌraɪt) /


a black mineral found in copper deposits and consisting of copper oxide in the form of either metallic scales or earthy masses. Formula: CuO

Word Origin for tenorite

C19: named after G. Tenore (died l861), Italian botanist
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