minette

noun mi·nette \mə̇ˈnet\

Definition of minette

plural

-s

  1. 1 :  a dark igneous rock composed chiefly of biotite and orthoclase that occurs usually in narrow dikes and sheets and that constitutes one of the lamprophyres

  2. 2 [French] :  an oolitic iron ore containing as a rule 28 to 48 percent of iron and 1.5 to 2 percent of phosphorus that is plentiful in Luxemburg and Lorraine and is adapted for the basic Bessemer process

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Origin and Etymology of minette

German, from French, oolitic iron ore, from French mine ore, mine + -ette — more at mine


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