Definition of sphalerite in English:

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sphalerite

Pronunciation: /ˈsfaləˌrīt/

noun

A shiny mineral, yellow to dark brown or black in color, consisting of zinc sulfide.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

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