Definition of tennantite in English:


Line breaks: ten¦nant|ite
Pronunciation: /ˈtɛnəntʌɪt


[mass noun]
A grey-black mineral consisting of a sulphide of copper, iron, and arsenic. It is an important ore of copper.
More example sentences
  • In the orebody galena occurred as large masses associated with pyrite, chalcopyrite, and tennantite.
  • Initially, the glassy brown crystals associated with quartz and tennantite were misidentified as anglesite.
  • The orebody contained an exotic suite of minerals, including mercury, tennantite, and tetradymite, all of no commercial value.


mid 19th century: from the name of Smithson Tennant (1761–1815), English chemist, + -ite1.

Definition of tennantite in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day noisome
Pronunciation: ˈnɔɪs(ə)m
having an extremely offensive smell