sper·​ry·​lite ˈsper-i-ˌlīt How to pronounce sperrylite (audio)
: a mineral consisting of an arsenide of platinum

Word History


Francis Louis Sperry †1906 American chemist and metallurgist + -lite

Note: Named by American chemist and geologist Horace L. Wells (1855-1924) in "Sperrylite, a new Mineral," American Journal of Science, 3rd series, vol. 38, no. 217 (January, 1889), pp. 67-70. Sperry, born in Ohio in 1861 and at the time working as a chemist for the Canadian Copper Company in Sudbury, Ontario, procured the samples of the mineral that Wells described.

First Known Use

1889, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sperrylite was in 1889

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“Sperrylite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sperrylite. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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