Definition of pyrite
: a common mineral that consists of iron disulfide, has a pale brass-yellow color and metallic luster, and is burned in making sulfur dioxide and sulfuric acid
Recent Examples of pyrite from the Web
The Cabin Branch group is named for the Cabin Branch Mining Co., which mined pyrite in the late 1800s and early 1900s in what is now a section of Prince William Forest Park.
The Tic-Tac-Toe Set from Sawyer Collection is the ultimate board game with handcrafted playing pieces containing a white color or a natural pyrite.
Flashy hitting stats are often iron pyrite in the Cactus League.
But for many young players like Jokic, who just turned 22, nothing gold can stay without addressing the inevitable exposure of pyrite that comes as teams adjust their defense to slow him.
The Griffith and Grafton lines include cabinets, mirrors, and tables ornamented with semispherical pieces of sparkling pyrite set like jewels.
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Origin and Etymology of pyrite
First Known Use: 1741See Words from the same year
PYRITE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of pyrite for English Language Learners
: a common mineral that is shiny and pale yellow in color
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