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. (noun)
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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."