Definition of hematite in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhēməˌtīt/
(British haematite)


A reddish-black mineral consisting of ferric oxide. It is an important ore of iron.
Example sentences
  • The red sandstone is made up of quartz grains coated with hematite, an iron oxide mineral that gives the stone a red colour.
  • Like hematite, some goethite is pseudomorphic after a rhombohedral carbonate mineral.
  • The fluids that precipitated the veins were a likely source for some of the iron that formed the hematite.


Late Middle English: via Latin from Greek haimatitēs (lithos) 'bloodlike (stone)', from haima, haimat- 'blood'.

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Syllabification: he·ma·tite

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