Tantalite meaning

tăntə-līt
A black to red-brown mineral, (Fe,Mn)(Ta,Nb)2 O6 , distinguished from columbite by the predominance of tantalum over niobium and used as an ore of both elements.
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A black, orthorhombic mineral, (Fe,Mn)(Ta,Nb)2O6, that is an ore of tantalum and niobium.
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(mineralogy) A dark-brown mineral that is an ore of tantalum and niobium, of the chemical formula (Fe, Mn) Ta2O6.
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Origin of tantalite

  • tantal(um) –ite

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