ga·​le·​na | \gə-ˈlē-nə \

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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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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ga·​le·​na | \gə-ˈlē-nə \

Kids Definition of galena

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

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