Definition of sphalerite in English:


Syllabification: sphal·er·ite
Pronunciation: /ˈsfaləˌrīt


  • A shiny mineral, yellow to dark brown or black in color, consisting of zinc sulfide.
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    • The crystals are perched on quartz along with rosin-colored sphalerite showing the black tarnish reported by Hurst.
    • Black sphalerite is found within the gold-quartz vein and in the adjacent country rock.
    • Marmatite is the black, high-iron variety of sphalerite.


mid 19th century: from Greek sphaleros 'deceptive' + -ite1. Compare with blende.

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