chalcocite

noun

chal·​co·​cite ˈkal-kə-ˌsīt How to pronounce chalcocite (audio)
: a black or gray lustrous metallic mineral that consists of a sulfide of copper and is an important copper ore

Examples of chalcocite in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Materials like the copper ore mineral chalcocite and fool's gold, pyrite, are sulfidic anions. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, 9 Apr. 2018

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Word History

Etymology

alteration of chalcosine, from French, irregular from Greek chalkos

First Known Use

1868, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of chalcocite was in 1868

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“Chalcocite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chalcocite. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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