Definition of greenockite in English:

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greenockite

Pronunciation: /ˈɡriːnəkʌɪt/

noun

[mass noun]
A mineral consisting of cadmium sulphide which typically occurs as a yellow crust on zinc ores.
Example sentences
  • The only important ore of cadmium is greenockite, or cadmium sulfide (CdS).
  • One exciting find was a thumbnail with a patch of greenockite and flecks of native copper; later, under higher magnification, some of the copper was found to be crystallized.
  • Inclusions of greenockite have been found coexisting with sphalerite.

Origin

Mid 19th century: from the name of Lord Greenock, who later became Earl Cathcart (1783–1859), + -ite1.

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