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


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


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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