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hematite

[hee-muh-tahyt, hem-uh-] /ˈhi məˌtaɪt, ˈhɛm ə-/
noun
1.
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
1535-1545
1535-45; < Latin haematītes bloodstone < Greek haimatī́tēs (lithós) bloodlike (stone). See hemat-, -ite1
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hematitic
[hee-muh-tit-ik, hem-uh-] /ˌhi məˈtɪt ɪk, ˌhɛm ə-/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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hematite

/ˈhɛmətaɪt/
noun
1.
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) Also called iron glance
Derived Forms
hematitic, haematitic (ˌhɛməˈtɪtɪk; ˌhiː-) adjective
Word Origin
C16: via Latin from Greek haimatitēs resembling blood, from haima blood
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Word Origin and History for hematitic

hematite

n.

1540s, haematites, from Middle French hematite (16c.), from Latin haematites, from Greek haimatites lithos "bloodlike stone," from haima (genitive haimatos) "blood" (see -emia). Earlier as emachite (late 14c.).

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hematitic in Science
hematite
  (hē'mə-tīt')   
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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