Definition of tasmanite
1 : a compound of carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, and sulfur in minute reddish brown scales in shale
2 : a light-colored shaly coal that is composed largely of the compound tasmanite and yields a large quantity of petroleum on dry distillation —called also combustible shale
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Origin and Etymology of tasmanite
Tasmania, its locality + English -ite
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