Definition of "xanthate" 
- (noun) A salt of a xanthic acid, especially a simple xanthic acid salt, as of sodium or potassium, used as a flotation collector for copper, silver, and gold.
Use "xanthate" in a sentence
- "- Toxic flotation reagents: those reagents most commonly used in small-scale mining in Latin America are sulfuric acid, diesel oil and long-chained carbon-hydroxides (frothers and collectors) such as xanthate."
- "'Viscose' silks obtained by spinning solutions of xanthate of cellulose."
- "The solution may be regarded as containing the ammonium cellulose xanthate."