from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A nickel ore, essentially nickel arsenide, NiAs, found in America and Europe.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Native nickel arsenide, a mineral occurring usually massive, of a pale copper-red color and metallic luster. Also called copper-nickel and nickeline.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Min.) A mineral of a copper-red color and metallic luster; an arsenide of nickel; -- called also coppernickel, kupfernickel.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun mineralogy A mineral, a form of nickel arsenide, NiAs, having a metallic lustre and copper-red colour, that is a minor ore of nickel.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[New Latin niccolum, nickel (perhaps from Swedish nickel; see nickel) + –ite.]

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Latin niccolum nickel + -ite.


  • From very early times nickel-bearing minerals, such as niccolite, were mixed with glass to create green glass.


  • When nickel was extracted from niccolite, the mineral name was a logical source of the name for the element, nickel.


  • He named the new metal nickel after the mineral name of niccolite.


  • In 1751, Axel Fredrik Cronstedt of Sweden attempted to extract copper from the mineral niccolite and to his surprise got a silvery-white metal, instead of the copper.


  • (particularly pentlandite, but also millerite, niccolite, and others), which are found at Sudbury intergrown with the iron and copper sulphides, pyrrhotite and chalcopyrite; and the hydrated nickel-magnesium silicates (garnierite and genthite), which are products of weathering.

    The Economic Aspect of Geology


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