An alloy of iron and nickel occurring in some meteorites.‘Nearby is a unique 60-cm-high Boguslavka iron meteorite, which is the fragment of a single, giant monocrystal of kamacite (an alloy of meteoritic iron and nickel).’
- ‘At times kamacite can be found so closely intermixed with taenite that it is difficult to distinguish them visually.’
- ‘In cut sections kamacite looks like metallic iron and like the other important nickel-iron mineral, taenite.’
Late 19th century from Greek kamax, kamak- ‘vine pole’(because of the occurrence of the alloy in bar-shaped masses) + -ite.
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