Definition of taconite in English:

Share this entry

taconite

Pronunciation: /ˈtakənʌɪt/

noun

[mass noun]
A low-grade iron ore consisting largely of chert, occurring chiefly around Lake Superior in North America.
Example sentences
  • She was loaded with 26,000 tons of taconite at Superior, WI, on Nov.9, 1975 and left the port of Duluth-Superior, at the western end of Lake Superior shortly after 2: 00 p.m. in fair weather but with a foul forecast lying in wait.
  • The Mesabi Iron Range contains some 110 miles of small towns built at the turn of the last century along a seam of iron ore called taconite.
  • An increasingly important source of iron for commercial uses is taconite, a mixture of hematite and silica.

Origin

Early 20th century: from the name of the Taconic Range of mountains, US, + -ite1.

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.