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cassiterite

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noun cas·sit·er·ite \kə-ˈsi-tə-ˌrīt\

Definition of cassiterite

  1. :  a brown or black mineral that consists of tin dioxide and is the chief source of metallic tin —called also tinstone



Origin of cassiterite

French cassitérite, from Greek kassiteros tin


First Known Use: 1858

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