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tantalite

[tan-tl-ahyt] /ˈtæn tlˌaɪt/
noun
1.
a black, crystalline mineral, iron tantalate, (Fe, Mn) Ta 2 O 6 , the principal ore of tantalum and an end member of a series of solid solutions in which manganese and niobium combine to form columbite.
Origin
1795-1805
1795-1805; tantal(um) + -ite1
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  • Tantalum occurs principally in the mineral columbite-tantalite.
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tantalite

/ˈtæntəˌlaɪt/
noun
1.
a heavy brownish mineral consisting of a tantalum oxide of iron and manganese in orthorhombic crystalline form: it occurs in coarse granite, often with columbite, and is an ore of tantalum. Formula: (Fe,Mn)(Ta,Nb)2O6
Word Origin
C19: from tantalum + -ite1
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