[ zing-kahyt ]

  1. a brittle, deep-red to orange-yellow mineral, native zinc oxide, ZnO, usually massive or granular: formerly an important ore of zinc.

Origin of zincite

First recorded in 1850–55; zinc + -ite1
  • Also called red oxide of zinc.

Words Nearby zincite

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How to use zincite in a sentence

  • A red oxide of zinc ore, called zincite, assumes great economic importance in New Jersey.

    Geology | William J. Miller
  • In the New Jersey mines the zinc ores are the oxides zincite and willemite, and the zinc-iron oxide franklinite.

    The A B C of Mining | Charles A. Bramble

British Dictionary definitions for zincite


/ (ˈzɪŋkaɪt) /

  1. a red or yellow mineral consisting of zinc oxide in hexagonal crystalline form. It occurs in metamorphosed limestone. Formula: ZnO

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