Definition of chalcopyrite in English:

chalcopyrite

Syllabification: chal·co·py·rite
Pronunciation: /ˌkalkəˈpīˌrīt
 
/

noun

  • A yellow crystalline mineral consisting of a sulfide of copper and iron. It is the principal ore of copper.
    • Chemical formula CuFeS2
    More example sentences
    • Vein minerals are barite, calcite, chalcopyrite, galena, pyrite, and sphalerite.
    • The main ore minerals are galena, chalcopyrite, sphalerite, and tetrahedrite that are associated with quartz and barite gangue.
    • Barite, sphalerite, and calcite are the most abundant vein minerals; pyrite, kaolinite, chalcopyrite, galena, and wurtzite are less common.

Origin

mid 19th century: from modern Latin chalcopyrites, from Greek khalkos 'copper' + puritēs (see pyrite).

More definitions of chalcopyrite

Definition of chalcopyrite in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day astrogation
Pronunciation: ˌastrə(ʊ)ˈgeɪʃ(ə)n
noun
(in science fiction) navigation in outer space