Definition of ferberite in English:



  • A black mineral consisting of ferrous tungstate, typically occurring as elongated prisms.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Almost the entire iron-manganese tungstate series appears to be represented in these deposits; the most common is manganese-bearing ferberite.’
    • ‘The Yaogangxian mine is a world-class locality for not only fluorite but also for arsenopyrite, bournonite, stannite, wurtzite, and ferberite.’
    • ‘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.