tac·​o·​nite | \ ˈta-kə-ˌnīt How to pronounce taconite (audio) \

Definition of taconite

: a flintlike rock high enough in iron content to constitute a low-grade iron ore

Examples of taconite in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Minnesota taconite pellets usually had to travel less than 100 miles by rail before loading onto the bulk carriers that provide dirt-cheap transportation. Edward Lotterman, Twin Cities, "Edward Lotterman: Taconite layoffs manifest old debate," 22 Nov. 2019 State revenue generated from taconite mining accounts for approximately 80 percent of the school trust. Letter Writers, Twin Cities, "Letters: Those letters are a reminder not to take so much for granted," 2 Oct. 2019 Bob Vlaisavljevich, the mayor of this small town in the north-eastern corner of the state, lauds taconite and other minerals as the spine of the local economy. The Economist, "Rural Minnesota’s Democratic voters are shifting allegiances," 22 Aug. 2019 Electric arc furnaces are becoming the new normal, while the blast-furnace steel mills that the Minnesota taconite industry has traditionally supplied are aging. Jimmy Lovrien, Twin Cities, "In northeast Minnesota, a new pellet points toward steel industry’s future," 7 Aug. 2019 Then again, the mine that Forsman works in is a taconite mine, not the type of copper-nickel mine that environmentalists decry as a threat to this watershed. Reid Forgrave, New York Times, "In Northern Minnesota, Two Economies Square Off: Mining vs. Wilderness," 12 Oct. 2017 Essar’s Nashwauk facility was supposed to be employing 350 people by 2014, producing some 7 million tons of taconite iron ore pellets each year. John Myers, Twin Cities, "Former Essar Steel sues parent company, alleging Iron Range project was bled dry," 13 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of taconite

1892, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for taconite

Taconic Range

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“Taconite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/taconite. Accessed 9 Aug. 2020.

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