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scheelite

Line breaks: scheel|ite
Pronunciation: /ˈʃiːlʌɪt
 
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Definition of scheelite in English:

noun

[mass noun]
A fluorescent mineral, white when pure, which consists of calcium tungstate and is an important ore of tungsten.
Example sentences
  • At least ten tungsten minerals are reported, but ‘wolframite’ and scheelite are the only two with significant economic distribution and concentration.
  • World War II brought a tungsten boom, and the bright fluorescence of scheelite made it an obvious target for night prospecting.
  • The common occurrence of scheelite rather than ferberite is believed to reflect lithologic differences in host rocks.

Origin

mid 19th century: from the name of Carl W. Scheele (1742–86), Swedish chemist, + -ite1.

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