tasmanite

noun tas·ma·nite \ˈtarzməˌnīt\

Definition of tasmanite

plural

-s

  1. 1 :  a compound of carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, and sulfur in minute reddish brown scales in shale

  2. 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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