Definition of pyrrhotite in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpɪrətʌɪt/


[mass noun]
A reddish-bronze mineral consisting of iron sulphide, typically forming massive or granular deposits.
Example sentences
  • Microcrystals of pyrrhotite, goethite, pyrite, galena, and calcite are found on the dumps.
  • We have also seen several specimens in which pyrite has replaced a hexagonal mineral that was probably pyrrhotite.
  • Secondary titanite, chlorite, white mica and pyrrhotite are abundant, and some samples contain metamorphic biotite.


Mid 19th century: from Greek purrhotēs 'redness' + -ite1.

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