smaltite


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smalt·ite

 (smôl′tīt′) also smalt·ine (smôl′tĭn, -tēn′)
n.
A white to silver-gray mineral, (Co,Ni)As3, that is an important ore of cobalt.

smaltite

(ˈsmɔːltaɪt)
n
(Minerals) a silver-white to greyish mineral consisting chiefly of cobalt arsenide with nickel in cubic crystalline form. It occurs in veins associated with silver, nickel, and copper minerals, and is an important ore of cobalt and nickel. Formula: (Co,Ni)As3-x
[C19: from smalt + -ite1]
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Noun1.smaltite - a grey mineral consisting of cobalt arsenide and nickel; an important source of cobalt and nickel
atomic number 27, cobalt, Co - a hard ferromagnetic silver-white bivalent or trivalent metallic element; a trace element in plant and animal nutrition
atomic number 28, Ni, nickel - a hard malleable ductile silvery metallic element that is resistant to corrosion; used in alloys; occurs in pentlandite and smaltite and garnierite and millerite
mineral - solid homogeneous inorganic substances occurring in nature having a definite chemical composition
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21) In this climate, we can well understand the Florentine Customs Consul's (console della Dogana) proposal to the Grand Duke Cosimo I, dated 1573, to use matricine wools of domestic production, due to their quality ("hoggi sono in assai miglior conditione"), when higher-priced Spanish wools were mostly diverted to Venice ("delle quali buona partita se ne sono smaltite per Vinegia [e] che sono molto alzate dipregio").
Smaltite is seen as single cuboctahedral crystals growing in this fine-grained rock to either side of the vein, with a gradation of largest to smallest crystals, and the quantity being largest and highest close to the vein.
Selected specimens examined by the Geological Survey gave 56 grams per ton in the case of a specimen weighing 113 grams, rich in smaltite, and 30 grams per ton in the case of an ore sample weighing 20 grams and composed almost entirely of heterogenite.