chalcocite

noun
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

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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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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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 28 Nov. 2021.

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