n. (context mineralogy English) A mineral, found in certain meteorites, that is a magnetic alloy of iron and nickel
The name is derived from the Greek ταινία for "band, ribbon". Taenite is a major constituent of iron meteorites. In octahedrites it is found in bands interleaving with kamacite forming Widmanstätten patterns, whereas in ataxites it is the dominant constituent. In octahedrites a fine intermixture with kamacite can occur, which is called plessite.
Usage examples of "taenite".
There were grains of rock—silicate minerals called olivines and pyroxenes—and minerals of iron and nickel, kamacite and taenite.