plural -s
: a mineral consisting of lead telluride PbTe tin-white when untarnished and usually occurring massive with cubic cleavage

Word History


German altait, from Altai Mountains, Asia, its locality + German -it -ite

First Known Use

1849, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of altaite was in 1849

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“Altaite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Apr. 2024.

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