niccolite

niccolite

[nik-uh-lahyt]
noun Mineralogy.

Origin:
1865–70; < Neo-Latin niccol(um) nickel + -ite1

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niccolite (ˈnɪkəˌlaɪt)
 
n
Also called: nickeline a copper-coloured mineral consisting of nickel arsenide in hexagonal crystalline form, occurring associated with copper and silver ores: a source of nickel. Formula: NiAs
 
[C19: from New Latin niccolumnickel + -ite1]

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niccolite

an ore mineral of nickel, nickel arsenide (NiAs). It is commonly found associated with other nickel arsenides and sulfides, as in the Natsume nickel deposits, Japan; Andreas-Berg, Ger.; Sudbury, Ont.; and Silver Cliff, Colo. Niccolite is classified in a group of sulfide minerals that exhibit a characteristic hexagonal structure. The name, a derivative of the German word Kupfernickel, is a reference to subterranean imps (Nickel) who teased miners. For detailed physical properties, see sulfide mineral (table)

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