sphal·​er·​ite | \ ˈsfa-lə-ˌrīt How to pronounce sphalerite (audio) \

Definition of sphalerite

: a mineral composed essentially of zinc sulfide that is the most important ore of zinc

called also zinc blende

First Known Use of sphalerite

circa 1868, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sphalerite

German Sphalerit, from Greek sphaleros deceitful, from sphallein to cause to fall; from its often being mistaken for galena — more at spill entry 1

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“Sphalerite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sphalerite. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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