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A gray to black mineral, Cu2FeSnS4, having a metallic luster. Also called tin pyrites.

[Late Latin stannum, tin; see stannic + -ite.]


(Minerals) a grey metallic mineral that consists of a sulphide of tin, copper, and iron and is a source of tin. Formula: Cu2FeSnS4
[C19: from stannum + -ite1]


(ˈstæn aɪt)

a mineral, iron-black to steel-gray in color, copper iron tin sulfide, Cu2FeSnS4 found in granular masses: an ore of tin.
[1850–55; < Late Latin stann(um) tin + -ite1]
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Noun1.stannite - a dark grey mineral with a metallic luster that is a source of tin
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The short-prismatic, face-rich, vaguely barrel-shaped siderite crystals, reaching 2 cm, are gemmy and yellow-brown, and rest on brassy yellow, discoidal crystals of pyrite pseudomorphous after (a first generation of) siderite, with lustrous black crystals of stannite to 3 mm around the points of attachment--making for impressive toenail and small miniature-size specimens.
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Mathias had set out a few "new" finds, and was especially proud of a specimen of andorite with associated zinkenite and stannite from the San Jose mine, Oruro, Bolivia.
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