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kamacite Line breaks: kama|cite
Pronunciation: /ˈkaməsʌɪt/

Definition of kamacite in English:


[mass noun]
An alloy of iron and nickel occurring in some meteorites.
Example sentences
  • Nearby is a unique 60-cm-high Boguslavka iron meteorite, which is the fragment of a single, giant monocrystal of kamacite (an alloy of meteoritic iron and nickel).
  • At times kamacite can be found so closely intermixed with taenite that it is difficult to distinguish them visually.
  • In cut sections kamacite looks like metallic iron and like the other important nickel-iron mineral, taenite.


Late 19th century: from Greek kamax, kamak- 'vine pole' (because of the occurrence of the alloy in bar-shaped masses) + -ite1.

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