acan·​thite | \ əˈkanˌthīt, ˈakənˌ- \
plural -s

Definition of acanthite

: a mineral Ag2S consisting of a silver sulfide like argentite but crystallizing in slender prisms (specific gravity 7.2–7.3)

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First Known Use of acanthite

1856, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for acanthite

International Scientific Vocabulary acanth- + -ite; from the thornlike shape of its crystals; originally formed as German akanthit

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“Acanthite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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