smalt·​ite | \ ˈsmȯlˌtīt \
variants: or less commonly smaltine \ -​ltə̇n , -​lˌtēn \
plural -s

Definition of smaltite

: a tin-white or gray isometric mineral (Co,Ni)As3−x of metallic luster that is an arsenide of cobalt and nickel and is isomorphous with skutterudite and chloanthite (hardness 5.5–6, specific gravity 6.4–6.6)

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History and Etymology for smaltite

smaltite alteration of smaltine; smaltine from French, from smalt + -ine

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“Smaltite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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