Definition of Sphalerite

1. Noun. An ore that is the chief source of zinc; consists largely of zinc sulfide in crystalline form.

Exact synonyms: Blende, Zinc Blende
Terms within: Atomic Number 49, In, Indium, Atomic Number 81, Thallium, Tl
Generic synonyms: Mineral



Definition of Sphalerite

1. n. Zinc sulphide; -- called also blende, black-jack, false galena, etc. See Blende (a).

Definition of Sphalerite

1. Noun. (minerology) A yellow, brown or black, sometimes red, green white or colorless mineral with cubic crystals, of a chemical formula (Zn,Fe)S. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Sphalerite

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Medical Definition of Sphalerite

1. Zinc sulphide; called also blende, black-jack, false galena, etc. See Blende . Origin: Gr. Slippery, uncertain. See Blende. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Sphalerite

sphaeriales
sphaeridia
sphaeridium
sphaerobertrandite
sphaerobismoite
sphaers
sphaerulite
sphaerulites
sphagnicolous
sphagnous
sphagnum
sphagnum moss
sphagnums
sphairistike
sphalerite (current term)
sphalerites
sphaleron
sphaleronic
sphalerons
sphallolalia
sphear
spheare
spheares
sphears
sphecid
sphecoid
sphecoid wasp
spheksophobia
sphene

Literary usage of Sphalerite

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1. Bulletin by New Zealand Geological Survey (1912)
"Occurrence of sphalerite.— The sphalerite occurs in and associated with the ... Most of the sphalerite occurs as a part of the cementing material of the ..."

2. Guide to the Mineral Collections in the Illinois State Museum by Alja Robinson Crook, Illinois State Museum (1920)
"Pure sphalerite has the color of resin. See the specimen from Spain (No. 3765). ... Some sphalerite contains as much as 20 per cent of iron. ..."

3. Guide to the Mineral Collections in the Illinois State Museum by Illinois State Museum, Alja Robinson Crook (1920)
"Pure sphalerite has the color of resin. See the specimen from Spain (No. 3765). ... Some sphalerite contains as much as 20 per cent of iron. ..."

4. The System of Mineralogy of James Dwight Dana, 1837-1868: Descriptive Mineralogy by James Dwight Dana, Edward Salisbury Dana (1920)
"sphalerite is now the most abundant zinc ore, aggregating more than 90 pc of ... The ores of this region were originally deposited as galena and sphalerite, ..."

5. Transactions of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and (1918)
"(m) Freiberg, Saxony, Alte Hoffnung Gottes Mine, R. Beck: galena decreases until at 1650 ft. it is almost entirely replaced by sphalerite and pyrite. ..."

6. The University Geological Survey of Kansas by Erasmus Haworth, Kansas Geological Survey (1904)
"Dolomite, sphalerite, calcite. Dolomite, galena, sphalerite, chalcopyrite. ... Pyrite, sphalerite (small, reddish crystals in cavity). sphalerite, dolomite ..."

7. State Geological Survey of Kansas. [Reports] by Kansas Geological Survey (1904)
"Dolomite, sphalerite, calcite. Dolomite, galena, sphalerite, chalcopyrite. ... Pyrite, sphalerite (small, reddish crystals in cavity) ..."

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