[fer-ahyt] /ˈfɛr aɪt/

Chemistry. a compound, as NaFeO 2 , formed when ferric oxide is combined with a more basic metallic oxide.
Metallurgy. the pure iron constituent of ferrous metals, as distinguished from the iron carbides.
any of a group of ferromagnetic highly resistive ceramic compounds with the formula MFe2O4, where M is usually a metal such as cobalt or zinc
any of the body-centred cubic allotropes of iron, such as alpha iron, occurring in steel, cast iron, etc
any of various microscopic grains, probably composed of iron compounds, in certain igneous rocks

1851, from Latin ferrum “iron” (see ferro-) + -ite (2).


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