wolframite


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wolf·ram·ite

 (wo͝ol′frə-mīt′)
n.
Any of several red-brown to black minerals with the general formula (Fe,Mn)WO4, which constitute a major source of tungsten.

wolframite

(ˈwʊlfrəˌmaɪt)
n
(Minerals) a black to reddish-brown mineral consisting of tungstates of iron and manganese in monoclinic crystalline form: it occurs mainly in quartz veins and is the chief ore of tungsten. Formula: (Fe,Mn)WO4

wolf•ram•ite

(ˈwʊl frəˌmaɪt, ˈvɔl-)

n.
a mineral, iron manganese tungstate, (Fe,Mn)WO4, occurring in heavy grayish black to brownish black tabular or bladed crystals: an important ore of tungsten.
[1865–70]
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Noun1.wolframite - a mineral consisting of iron and manganese tungstate in crystalline form; the principal ore of tungsten; found in quartz veins associated with granitic rocks
atomic number 74, tungsten, W, wolfram - a heavy grey-white metallic element; the pure form is used mainly in electrical applications; it is found in several ores including wolframite and scheelite
mineral - solid homogeneous inorganic substances occurring in nature having a definite chemical composition
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