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Caption: Graphite, a soft, steel-grey to black, hexagonally crystallized allotrope of carbon with a metallic lustre and a greasy feel, used in lead pencils, lubricants, paints, and coatings, that is fabricated into a variety of forms such as moulds, bricks, electrodes, crucibles, and rocket nozzles. Also called black lead, plumbago.

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Keywords: black lead, carbon, carbon allotrope, carbon crystal, crystalline, element, geology, graphite, hexagonal crystal, metallic, mineral, mineralogy, plumbago, rock, soft mineral, useful mineral

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