ga·​le·​na | \ gə-ˈlē-nə How to pronounce galena (audio) \

Definition of galena

: a bluish-gray cubic mineral with metallic luster consisting of lead sulfide and constituting the principal ore of lead

Examples of galena in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Glass vessels, highly decorative pottery, jewelry and evidence of cosmetics -- as the mineral galena, which was crushed and mixed with oil to create makeup -- was also discovered. Jeevan Ravindran, CNN, 11 Jan. 2022 The most abundant naturally occurring form of lead is in galena, a lustrous metallic mineral made of lead and silver. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 18 Nov. 2019 This corresponds to the spread of Phoenician traders and settlers from their home cities in the Levant into the western Mediterranean, and the consequent exploitation of galena mines in Iberia. The Economist, 19 May 2018 Extracting silver from galena involves boiling off the lead. The Economist, 19 May 2018 In addition to the giant trilobite, the design includes the state mineral (galena), a microscope, nautiloid shell, stone spearpoint, and a glass jar for all the dinosaur bones found in Wisconsin. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of galena

1671, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for galena

borrowed from Latin galēna, of obscure origin

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“Galena.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Oct. 2022.

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ga·​le·​na | \ gə-ˈlē-nə How to pronounce galena (audio) \

Kids Definition of galena

: a bluish gray mineral that is the ore from which lead is obtained

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