Definition of chalcopyrite in English:


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


  • A yellow crystalline mineral consisting of a sulfide of copper and iron. It is the principal ore of copper.
    • Chemical formula CuFeS2
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    • 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.


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

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