chal·​co·​py·​rite ˌkal-kə-ˈpī-ˌrīt How to pronounce chalcopyrite (audio)
: a yellow mineral that consists of a sulfide of copper and iron and is an important copper ore

Examples of chalcopyrite in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These include azurite, malachite (both copper carbonate hydroxide minerals), chalcocite (a copper-sulfide), acanthite (a copper-silver sulfide), chalcopyrite and bornite. David Bressan, Forbes, 31 Dec. 2022

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Word History


New Latin chalcopyrites, from Greek chalkos + Latin pyrites

First Known Use

1835, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of chalcopyrite was in 1835

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“Chalcopyrite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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