noun pat·ro·nite \ˈpa‧trəˌnīt\

Definition of patronite



  1. :  a black mixture of vanadium minerals found at Minasragra, Peru, and there mined as an ore of vanadium

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Origin and Etymology of patronite

Antenor Rizo-Patrona, 20th century Peruvian mineralogist + English -ite

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