One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A black mineral consisting of ferrous tungstate, typically occurring as elongated prisms.
- ‘The Yaogangxian mine is a world-class locality for not only fluorite but also for arsenopyrite, bournonite, stannite, wurtzite, and ferberite.’
- ‘Almost the entire iron-manganese tungstate series appears to be represented in these deposits; the most common is manganese-bearing ferberite.’
- ‘There were shops full of green and purple fluorite, ferberite and arsenopyrite, and spessartine and stibnite.’
- ‘There are exceptions, such as German manganite, some Bolivian and Chinese cassiterite, Russian ilvaite, Brazilian and Namibian schorl, Panasqueira ferberite, and rutile, especially that from Graves Mountain, Georgia.’
- ‘Today, the production of ferberite and other metal concentrates is about 1,500 tons annually.’
Early 19th century: named after Rudolph Ferber (1743–90), Swedish mineralogist, + -ite.
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