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cassiterite

Line breaks: cas|sit¦er|ite
Pronunciation: /kəˈsɪtərʌɪt
 
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Definition of cassiterite in English:

noun

[mass noun]
A reddish, brownish, or yellowish mineral consisting of tin dioxide. It is the main ore of tin.
Example sentences
  • Arsenopyrite, cassiterite, molybdenite, wolframite, uraninite, and several of the common sulfides have all been observed at various locations.
  • A greisen is a quartz - mica aggregate containing significant amounts of cassiterite, wolframite, fluorite, topaz, rutile, and tourmaline.
  • The dike is characterized by a greater abundance of muscovite than biotite; it also contains columbite-tantalite, cassiterite, beryl, spodumene, lepidolite, montebrasite, pollucite, and tourmaline.

Origin

mid 19th century: from Greek kassiteros 'tin' + -ite1.

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