taconite

noun
tac·o·nite | \ˈta-kə-ˌnīt \

Definition of taconite 

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

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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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