ru·​tile | \ ˈrü-ˌtēl How to pronounce rutile (audio) \

Definition of rutile

: a reddish-brown to black mineral that consists of titanium dioxide usually with a little iron and has a brilliant metallic or adamantine luster

Examples of rutile in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Choose from an assortment of colors, including satin white, rutile blue, blue-green satin matte, and Joe’s green. Shelby Comroe, Marie Claire, 7 Dec. 2020 Titanium oxide is rare on Earth, found in minerals such as rutile, anatase, and brookite. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, 13 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of rutile

1805, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rutile

German Rutil, from Latin rutilus

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“Rutile.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2021.

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