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 The most abundant naturally occurring form of lead is in galena, a lustrous metallic mineral made of lead and silver. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Lead Is Stronger Than Steel If You Compress It Enough," 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, "Arctic ice brings an understanding of ancient Europe’s economy," 19 May 2018 Extracting silver from galena involves boiling off the lead. The Economist, "Arctic ice brings an understanding of ancient Europe’s economy," 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, "Corn maze visitors navigate unique path of state fossil, the trilobite," 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 6 Aug. 2020.

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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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