Share this entry

Share this page


Line breaks: fahl|erz
Pronunciation: /ˈfɑːlɛːts

Definition of fahlerz in English:


[mass noun]
A grey crystalline copper-containing mineral, of which tetrahedrite and tennantite are the typical forms.
Example sentences
  • Amongst the thirty recognised Bronze Age mine sites in the British Isles, fahlerz minerals are present in ore quantities only at Ross Island, Killarney, Ireland.
  • Hence fahlerz taken from different places within the same orebody may show quite disparate compositions.


late 18th century: from German, from fahl 'ash-coloured' + Erz 'ore'.

Definition of fahlerz in:

Share this entry

Share this page


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day interfuse
Pronunciation: ɪntəˈfjuːz
join or mix (two or more things) together