sphalerite


sphal·er·ite

noun \ˈsfa-lə-ˌrīt\

Definition of SPHALERITE

:  a mineral composed essentially of zinc sulfide that is the most important ore of zinc —called also zinc blende

Origin of SPHALERITE

German Sphalerit, from Greek sphaleros deceitful, from sphallein to cause to fall; from its often being mistaken for galena — more at spill
First Known Use: circa 1868

sphalerite

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Sphalerite from Baxter Springs, Kan.—Courtesy of the Ted and Elsie Boente Collection; photograph, John H. Gerard

Zinc sulfide (ZnS), the chief ore mineral of zinc. It is found associated with galena in most important lead-zinc deposits. The most important deposits are in the Mississippi River valley (U.S.), Poland, Belgium, and North Africa. See also sulfide mineral.

Variants of SPHALERITE

sphalerite or blende or zincblende

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