chal·​co·​cite | \ ˈkal-kə-ˌsīt How to pronounce chalcocite (audio) \

Definition of chalcocite

: a black or gray lustrous metallic mineral that consists of a sulfide of copper and is an important copper ore

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Recent Examples on the Web Materials like the copper ore mineral chalcocite and fool's gold, pyrite, are sulfidic anions. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Sulfuric Volcanoes May Have Quickened Life on Earth," 9 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of chalcocite

1868, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chalcocite

alteration of chalcosine, from French, irregular from Greek chalkos

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“Chalcocite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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