Samarskite meaning

sə-märskīt, sămər-
A velvet-black mineral that is a complex mixture of several rare-earth metals with niobium and tantalum oxide.
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A dark-colored, hard, radioactive, mineral, (Y,Ce,U,Ca,Fe,Pb,Th)(Nb,Ta,Ti,Sn)2O6, that is an ore of uranium or niobium.
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(mineralogy) A shiny black radioactive mineral that contains a complex mixture of rare earth oxides.
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Origin of samarskite

  • After Col. M. von Samarski , 19th-century Russian mining official

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • After Vasilii Evgrafovich Samarski-Bykhovets in 1847.

    From Wiktionary