chalcopyrite

noun
chal·​co·​py·​rite | \ ˌkal-kə-ˈpī-ˌrīt How to pronounce chalcopyrite (audio) \

Definition of chalcopyrite

: a yellow mineral that consists of a sulfide of copper and iron and is an important copper ore

First Known Use of chalcopyrite

1835, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chalcopyrite

New Latin chalcopyrites, from Greek chalkos + Latin pyrites

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“Chalcopyrite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chalcopyrite. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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