Graph"ite (?), n. [Gr. to write: cf. F. graphite. See Graphic.] Min.
Native carbon in hexagonal crystals, also foliated or granular massive, of black color and metallic luster, and so soft as to leave a trace on paper. It is used for pencils (improperly called lead pencils), for crucibles, and as a lubricator, etc. Often called plumbago or black lead.
Graphite battery Elec., a voltaic battery consisting of zinc and carbon in sulphuric acid, or other exciting liquid.
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