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

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

  • Among the oxides, we must enumerate in the first place "tenorite" and feroligiste or micaceous peroxide of iron.

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British Dictionary definitions for tenorite


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

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