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Meaning of graphite

graph•ite

Pronunciation: (graf'īt), [key]
— n.
  1. a very common mineral, soft native carbon, occurring in black to dark-gray foliated masses, with metallic luster and greasy feel: used for pencil leads, as a lubricant, and for making crucibles and other refractories; plumbago; black lead.
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