chro·​mite ˈkrō-ˌmīt How to pronounce chromite (audio)
: a black mineral that consists of an oxide of iron and chromium and is the only chromium ore
: an oxide of divalent chromium

Examples of chromite in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 2007, prospectors discovered rich veins of nickel, copper and chromite. Vipal Monga, WSJ, 19 Oct. 2023 For example, Logari chromite, known for its high purity, would go to the eastern province of Khost labeled as lower-grade ore, to be taxed at a lower rate, then get sent across the border to Pakistan to be mixed and relabeled as Pakistani, and then get shipped to China, Mansfield said. Nabih Bulosstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 3 Nov. 2022 Owens-Brockway uses iron chromite to make green glass at its facility, according to the federal agency. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive, 17 Sep. 2021 The researchers looked at the meteorite through an electron microscope, finding traces of chromite, phosphate, and iron-nickle-sulfide inside the diamonds, minerals that only form under extreme pressure. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, 19 Apr. 2018 In addition to its leading nickel-export role, the Philippines has large reserves of gold, copper and chromite, among other metals and minerals. Biman Mukherji, WSJ, 24 July 2017

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Word History


probably borrowed from German Chromit, from Chrom chrome entry 1 + -it -ite entry 1

First Known Use

1840, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of chromite was in 1840

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“Chromite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

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chro·​mite ˈkrō-ˌmīt How to pronounce chromite (audio)
: a black mineral that consists of an oxide of iron and chromium

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