limonite

noun
li·​mo·​nite | \ ˈlī-mə-ˌnīt How to pronounce limonite (audio) \

Definition of limonite

: a native hydrous ferric oxide of variable composition that is an ore of iron

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Other Words from limonite

limonitic \ ˌlī-​mə-​ˈni-​tik How to pronounce limonitic (audio) \ adjective

Examples of limonite in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Jie Shun’s manifest listed its only cargo as limonite, a kind of iron ore. Washington Post, "Egyptian government documents: Officials in Cairo tried to cover up arms deal with North Korea," 26 Oct. 2019 At first, the cargo hold appeared to match the description on the manifest: 2,300 tons of loose yellow rocks called limonite, a kind of iron ore. Author: Joby Warrick, Alaska Dispatch News, "A North Korean ship was seized off Egypt with a huge cache of weapons destined for a surprising buyer," 2 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of limonite

1823, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for limonite

German Limonit, from Greek leimōn wet meadow; akin to Greek limnē pool

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The first known use of limonite was in 1823

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“Limonite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/limonite. Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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