galena

noun ga·le·na \ gə-ˈlē-nə \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of galena

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

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Origin and Etymology of galena

borrowed from Latin galēna, of obscure origin


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galena

noun ga·le·na \ gə-ˈlē-nə \

Definition of galena for Students

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

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