hematite

hematite

[hee-muh-tahyt, hem-uh-]
noun
a very common mineral, iron oxide, Fe 2 O 3 , occurring in steel-gray to black crystals and in red earthy masses: the principal ore of iron.

Origin:
1535–45; < Latin haematītes bloodstone < Greek haimatī́tēs (lithós) bloodlike (stone). See hemat-, -ite1

hematitic [hee-muh-tit-ik, hem-uh-] , adjective
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hematite or haematite (ˈhɛmətaɪt, ˈhiːm-)
 
n
Also called: iron glance a red, grey, or black mineral, found as massive beds and in veins and igneous rocks. It is the chief source of iron. Composition: iron (ferric) oxide. Formula: Fe2O3. Crystal structure: hexagonal (rhombohedral)
 
[C16: via Latin from Greek haimatitēs resembling blood, from haima blood]
 
haematite or haematite
 
n
 
[C16: via Latin from Greek haimatitēs resembling blood, from haima blood]
 
hematitic or haematite
 
adj
 
haematitic or haematite
 
adj

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hematite
1543, from M.Fr. hematite, from L. hæmatites, from Gk. haimatites lithos "bloodlike stone," from haima (gen. haimatos) "blood" (see -emia).
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hematite   (hē'mə-tīt')  Pronunciation Key 
A reddish-brown to silver-gray metallic mineral. Hematite occurs as rhombohedral crystals, as reniform (kidney-shaped) crystals, or as fibrous aggregates in igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks. It is the most abundant ore of iron, and it is usually slightly magnetic. Chemical formula: Fe2O3.
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