Definitions for taconiteˈtæk əˌnaɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

tac•o•niteˈtæk əˌnaɪt(n.)

  1. an iron-bearing chert mined as low-grade iron ore in the Mesabi Range.

    Category: Mineralogy

Origin of taconite:

1890–95, Amer.; after the Taconic Range in New York and Massachusetts; see -ite1

Princeton's WordNet

  1. taconite(noun)

    a variety of chert containing magnetite and hematite; mined as a low-grade iron ore


  1. taconite(Noun)

    a low-grade flint-like iron ore containing 20-30% iron

  2. Taconite(ProperNoun)

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  1. Taconite

    Taconite is a variety of iron formation, an iron-bearing sedimentary rock, in which the iron minerals are interlayered with quartz, chert, or carbonate. Newton Horace Winchell, the Minnesota State Geologist, coined the term during his pioneering investigations of the Precambrian Biwabik Iron Formation of northeastern Minnesota. He noted the rock had a superficial resemblance to iron-bearing rocks from the Taconic Mountains of New York. The iron content of taconite, commonly present as finely dispersed magnetite, is generally 25 to 30%.

Anagrams of taconite

  1. actinote


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