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chalcopyrite Line breaks: chal¦co|pyr¦ite
Pronunciation: /ˌkalkə(ʊ)ˈpʌɪrʌɪt/

Definition of chalcopyrite in English:


[mass noun]
A yellow crystalline mineral consisting of a sulphide of copper and iron. It is the principal ore of copper. Also called copper pyrites.
Example sentences
  • Vein minerals are barite, calcite, chalcopyrite, galena, pyrite, and sphalerite.
  • The main ore minerals are galena, chalcopyrite, sphalerite, and tetrahedrite that are associated with quartz and barite gangue.
  • Barite, sphalerite, and calcite are the most abundant vein minerals; pyrite, kaolinite, chalcopyrite, galena, and wurtzite are less common.


Mid 19th century: from modern Latin chalcopyrites, from Greek khalkos 'copper' + puritēs (see pyrites).

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