arsenopyrite

noun
ar·​se·​no·​py·​rite | \ ˌär-sə-nō-ˈpī-ˌrīt How to pronounce arsenopyrite (audio) \

Definition of arsenopyrite

: a silver-white mineral consisting of a combined sulfide and arsenide of iron that occurs in prismatic orthorhombic crystals or in masses or grains and that is the principal source of arsenic

First Known Use of arsenopyrite

1854, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for arsenopyrite

borrowed from German Arsenopyrit, borrowed from New Latin arsenopyrites, from arsenicum arsenic entry 1 + -o- -o- + pyrites pyrites

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3 Sep 2020

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“Arsenopyrite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/arsenopyrite. Accessed 28 Sep. 2020.

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