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[mil-uh-rahyt] /ˈmɪl əˌraɪt/
a mineral, nickel sulfide, NiS, occurring in slender, bronze-colored crystals: a minor ore of nickel.
Origin of millerite
1850-55; Miller (see Miller index) + -ite1


[mil-uh-rahyt] /ˈmɪl əˌraɪt/
a follower of William Miller, a U.S. preacher who taught that the Second Advent of Christ and the beginning of the millennium were to occur in 1843.
1835-45, Americanism; W. Miller + -ite1 Unabridged
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  • In Clark township the millerite excitement was at white heat.

    The End Of The World Edward Eggleston
  • They told me it was built on by the millerite, but I knew better.

    Old Plymouth Trails Winthrop Packard
  • They imitated the millerite meetings in their drunken sprees, and learned Mr. Hankins's arguments by heart.

    The End Of The World Edward Eggleston
  • Rare but valuable ores of nickel are millerite, nickelite, glance, and nickel bloom.

    The A B C of Mining Charles A. Bramble
  • Used to be a millerite preacher, before your day, but he broke down at that.

  • But so long as it's nobody but Goshorn, I'm goin' to stay and litigate the question till the millerite millennium comes.

    The End Of The World Edward Eggleston
  • "Figgers won't lie," said Elder Hankins, the millerite preacher.

    The End Of The World Edward Eggleston
  • August, though not a recognized millerite, almost blamed himself that he should have been away these two hours from the services.

    The End Of The World Edward Eggleston
British Dictionary definitions for millerite


a yellow mineral consisting of nickel sulphide in hexagonal crystalline form: a minor ore of nickel. Formula: NiS
Word Origin
C19: named after W. H. Miller (1801–80), English mineralogist
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