Definition of altaite in English:

altaite

noun

Mineralogy
  • A rare mineral consisting of lead telluride, typically occurring in massive aggregates of yellow-tinted tin-white metallic crystals.

    Chemical formula: PbTe. Crystal system: cubic.

Pronunciation

altaite

/ˈaltə(r)ʌɪt/ /ˈɒltə(r)ʌɪt/

Origin

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in James Nicol (1810–1879), geologist. From the name of the Altai Mountains + -ite, after German Altait.