pyrite

noun
py·​rite | \ ˈpī-ˌrīt How to pronounce pyrite (audio) \

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

Examples of pyrite in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Geology has found tiny amounts of gold can be trapped inside pyrite. David Bressan, Forbes, 27 June 2021 The company dumped iron pyrite cylinders into the marsh and later manufactured fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides. Bob Egelko, SFChronicle.com, 5 Jan. 2021 The company dumped iron pyrite cinders into the marsh and later manufactured fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides there. Sarah Ravani, SFChronicle.com, 15 Dec. 2020 The company dumped iron pyrite cinders into the marsh and later manufactured fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides there. Sarah Ravani, SFChronicle.com, 15 Dec. 2020 The company dumped iron pyrite cinders into the marsh and later manufactured fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides there. Sarah Ravani, SFChronicle.com, 15 Dec. 2020 The company dumped iron pyrite cinders into the marsh and later manufactured fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides there. Sarah Ravani, SFChronicle.com, 15 Dec. 2020 Iron Mountain is a mountainous, 4,400-acre site with steep slopes and deep, V-shaped valleys in California’s northern Shasta County where iron, silver, gold, copper, zinc and pyrite were mined from the 1860s until the 1960s. NBC News, 23 Dec. 2020 The company dumped iron pyrite cinders into the marsh and later manufactured fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides there. Sarah Ravani, SFChronicle.com, 15 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of pyrite

1741, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pyrite

Latin pyrites

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1 Jul 2021

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“Pyrite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pyrite. Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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pyrite

noun

English Language Learners Definition of pyrite

: a common mineral that is shiny and pale yellow in color

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