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Adamantine is a mineral, often referred to as adamantine spar. It is a silky brown form of corundum. It has a Mohs rating of 9. Corundum (from Tamil kurundam) is a crystalline form of aluminium oxide and one of the rock-forming minerals. ... Mohs scale of mineral hardness characterizes the scratch resistance of various minerals through the ability of a harder material to scratch a softer. ...


Adamantine is also used as an adjective to refer to non-metallic, brilliant light reflecting and transmitting properties, known as adamantine luster. Diamond is the best known material to be described as having adamantine lustre, although anglesite, cerussite and corundum in some of its forms are also described in this way. Anglesite specimen in its orthorhombic crystalline form Anglesite is a lead sulfate mineral, PbSO4. ... Sample of cerussite-bearing quartzite Cerussite (also known as lead carbonate or white lead ore) is a mineral consisting of lead carbonate (PbCO3), and an important ore of lead. ... Corundum (from Tamil kurundam) is a crystalline form of aluminium oxide and one of the rock-forming minerals. ...


Adamantine is also a veneer developed by the Celluloid Manufacturing Company of New York City, covered by U.S. Patent number 232,037, dated September 7, 1880. Seth Thomas Clock Company purchased the right to use the Adamantine veneer in 1881. Seth Thomas (1785 – 1859) was a famous 19th century American clock maker and a pioneer of mass production. ...

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In mythology and fiction

Throughout ancient history, "adamantine" referred to anything that was made of a very hard material, adamant. The ancient Greeks were probably originally referring to steel, corundum or white sapphire. Later, by the Middle Ages, the term came to refer to diamond, as it was the hardest material then known. It was in the Middle Ages, too, that adamantine hardness and the lodestone's magnetic properties became confused and combined. Look up Adamant in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Ancient Greece is the term used to describe the Greek_speaking world in ancient times. ... The steel cable of a colliery winding tower. ... Corundum (from Tamil kurundam) is a crystalline form of aluminium oxide and one of the rock-forming minerals. ... Sapphire (from Hebrew: ספּיר Sapir) is the single-crystal form of aluminium oxide (Al2O3), a mineral known as corundum. ... The Middle Ages formed the middle period in a traditional schematic division of European history into three ages: the classical civilization of Antiquity, the Middle Ages, and modern times, beginning with the Renaissance. ... This article is about the gemstone. ... Magnetite Lodestone or loadstone refers to either: Magnetite, a magnetic mineral form of iron(II), iron(III) oxide Fe3O4, one of several iron oxides. ...

  • Prometheus, from Greek mythology, was bound to a rock with Adamantine chains, implying that the material is strong enough to bind a god.
  • Weapons, armor, and constructs (such as golems) can be made of "adamantine" in various Dungeons & Dragons settings, and video games or novels based in those settings. In the basic game system, it is found in meteorites that fall to earth containing the dark metal in rare and small fragments. In the Forgotten Realms, adamantine is a dark grey metal, refined from two rare ores, solarine and baloran. It is almost impossible to refine and forge, needing great heat, and weapons made of it are highly prized.
  • In Roman mythology, Virgil describes Tartarus as having a screeching gate protected by columns of solid adamantine guarded by a hydra with fifty black gaping jaws.
  • The chains used to confine Satan in Hell in John Milton's Paradise Lost are made from Adamantine.
  • Adamantine is used in Bram Stoker's 1894 novel Dracula to describe the vampire form of Lucy Westenra.
  • In the movie Forbidden Planet (1956), the structures built by the long-extinct Krell were said by Edward Morbius to have been "adamantine steel."
  • In the novel Adiamante, by L. E. Modesitt, Jr., Adiamante is the most powerful substance in the known universe and is used exclusively by the Cybs as armor for the hulls of their space ships. Adiamante is colored a jet black that actually is pure black so that you will look into the absence or near-absence of light. It is only visible as a result of seeing an absence of light in space, blocking out the stars.
  • In Iter Vehemens ad Necem adamantine is a shiny white very strong material.
  • In the MMORPG RuneScape, adamant is a type of metal used to make armour and weaponry. The raw ore, and in RuneScape Classic also the finished metal, is known as adamantite. Adamantite and adamant are depicted as dark green in colour. Adamantite is more powerful than mithril, but not as powerful as runite.
  • In the real-time strategy videogame Age of Mythology, and its expansion pack, The Titans, adamantine, a "nearly unbreakable metal", was used by the Olympian gods to build gates that seal the Titans in Tartarus after the Titanomachy. According to the game's mythology, the admantine gates could only be opened by mortals, to prevent rebellious gods from freeing the Titans, and are located in the various boundaries of Hades.
  • In Master of Magic adamantine is a type of weapon improvement depending on the resources available near a town.

Prométhée enchaîné (Prometheus Bound) by Nicolas-Sébastien Adam (1762) For other uses, see Prometheus (disambiguation). ... The bust of Zeus found at Otricoli (Sala Rotonda, Museo Pio-Clementino, Vatican) Greek mythology is the body of stories belonging to the ancient Greeks, concerning their gods and heroes, the nature of the world and their own cult and ritual practices. ... A golem is a construct, a magically created monster in the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game. ... This article is about the role-playing game. ... The Forgotten Realms third edition logo. ... A bust of Virgil, from the entrance to his tomb in Naples, Italy. ... In classic Greek mythology, below heaven, earth, and hades is Tartarus, or Tartaros. ... The 16th-century German illustrator has been influenced by the Beast of Revelation in his depiction of the Hydra. ... For other persons named John Milton, see John Milton (disambiguation). ... Title page of the first edition (1667) Paradise Lost is an epic poem in blank verse by the 17th-century English poet John Milton. ... Forbidden Planet is a 1956 science fiction film and a subsequent novelization by W.J. Stuart. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... L. E. (Leland Exton) Modesitt, Jr was born in 1943 in Denver, Colorado. ... Iter Vehemens ad Necem (IVAN) is a free graphical roguelike game, which currently runs in Windows, DOS and Linux. ... RuneScape is a Java-based MMORPG operated by Jagex Ltd. ... Real-time strategy, often abbreviated RTS, is a genre of computer games characterized by being wargames which take place in real-time, where resource gathering, base building, technology development and direct control over individual units are key components. ... A computer game is a game composed of a computer-controlled virtual universe that players interact with in order to achieve a defined goal or set of goals. ... Age of Mythology (also known as AoM) is a mythology-based real-time strategy (RTS) computer game by Ensemble Studios. ... Age of Mythology (AoM) is a real-time strategy computer game in the popular Age of Empires series. ... The Twelve Olympians, in Greek mythology, were the principal gods of the Greek pantheon, residing atop Mount Olympus. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion, because: it is patent nonsense. ... In classic Greek mythology, below heaven, earth, and hades is Tartarus, or Tartaros. ... In Greek mythology, the Titanomachy, or War of the Titans (Greek: Τιτανομαχία), was the eleven-year series of battles fought between the two races of deities long before the existence of mankind: the Titans, fighting from Mount Othrys, and the Olympians, who would come to reign on Mount Olympus. ... Hades, Greek god of the underworld, enthroned, with his bird-headed staff, on a red-figure Apulian vase made in the 4th century BC. For other uses, see Hades (disambiguation). ... Master of Magic (MoM) is a turn-based fantasy strategic computer game published by Microprose in 1994 and developed by Steve Barcia (Simtex), who also wrote the better-known Master of Orion. ...

Poetry

Paradise Lost; (Milton) (the casting out of Satan from Heaven to Hell) "...To bottomless perdition, there to dwell in 'adamantine' chains and penal fire."


Emily Dickinson, How many times these low feet staggered or poem number 187 : "Handle the adamantine fingers / Never a thimble-more-shall wear-"


See also

Look up Adamant in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Adamantium is a fictional chemical substance, often a metal. ...

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Adamantine - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (700 words)
Adamantine is a mineral, often referred to as adamantine spar.
Adamantine is also used as an adjective to refer to non-metallic, brilliant light reflecting and transmitting properties, known as adamantine lustre.
In the Forgotten Realms, adamantine is a dark grey metal, refined from two rare ores, solarine and baloran.
History of Seth Thomas Adamantine Antique Mantel Clocks (639 words)
Adamantine is a celluloid veneer, glued to the wood case.
Adamantine veneer was made in fl and white, and in colored patterns such as wood grain, onyx and marble.
Adamantine veneer was developed by the Celluloid Manufacturing Company of New York City, and was covered by U.S. Patent number 232,037, dated September 7, 1880.
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