pyrite

noun
py·rite | \ ˈpī-ˌrīt \

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

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Materials like the copper ore mineral chalcocite and fool's gold, pyrite, are sulfidic anions. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Sulfuric Volcanoes May Have Quickened Life on Earth," 9 Apr. 2018 The free-agent market is often a place of pyrite rather than gold. David Murphy, Philly.com, "Jake Arrieta's fastball not the only thing that's changed | David Murphy," 13 Mar. 2018 But the latest market gold rush also has produced its share of pyrite. Paul Vigna, WSJ, "China Bans Digital Coin Offers as Celebrities Like Paris Hilton Tout Them," 4 Sep. 2017 The perimeter has darker stones like tourmaline, hematite and pyrite that are said to block negative energy and electromagnetic fields produced by electronic objects. Caroline Tell, New York Times, "The Great Crystal Boom of 2017," 15 Aug. 2017 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. Coastmag, Orange County Register, "Defying Designs," 3 Mar. 2017 Flashy hitting stats are often iron pyrite in the Cactus League. Andrew Baggarly, The Mercury News, "Jarrett Parker powers his way to a lead in Giants’ left field competition," 1 Mar. 2017 The Griffith and Grafton lines include cabinets, mirrors, and tables ornamented with semispherical pieces of sparkling pyrite set like jewels. Tim Mckeough, ELLE Decor, "Kelly Wearstler's New Line Is A Gold Lover's Dream Come True," 7 Aug. 2015 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. Jonathan Hunley, Washington Post, "In Pr. William quilting guilds, a pattern of giving," 19 June 2017

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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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pyrite

noun

English Language Learners Definition of pyrite

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

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