Definition of taenite in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtēnīt/


A nickel-iron alloy occurring as lamellae and strips in meteorites.
Example sentences
  • More than ten minerals have been found in the Nantan meteorites with kamacite and taenite dominant.
  • The most common meteorite mineral is the native iron alloys - kamasite, taenite and others.
  • The rate at which an asteroid core cools as well as the amount of taenite contained in the metal affects the thickness of the kamacite bands in the Widmanstätten pattern.


Mid 19th century: from taenia + -ite1.

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Syllabification: taen·ite

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