Definition of pyrolusite in English:


Line breaks: pyro|lus¦ite
Pronunciation: /ˌpʌɪrə(ʊ)ˈluːsʌɪt


[mass noun]
  • A black or dark grey mineral with a metallic lustre, consisting of manganese dioxide.
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    • Scheele produced chlorine by treating the mineral pyrolusite with hydrochloric acid (HCl).
    • The ore, a mixture of ‘psilomelane’ and pyrolusite with much manganiferous limonite, contains masses of cerussite.
    • It never occurs as a free element, but only in ores such as pyrolusite, manganite, psilomelane, and rhodochrosite.


early 19th century: from pyro- 'fire, heat' + Greek lousis 'washing' (because of the mineral's use in decolorizing glass).

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