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NOUN (1)

1. an ore that is the chief source of zinc; consists largely of zinc sulfide in crystalline form;
[syn: zinc blende, blende, sphalerite]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Sphalerite \Sphal"er*ite\, n. [Gr. ??? slippery, uncertain. See Blende.] (Min.) Zinc sulphide; -- called also blende, black-jack, false galena, etc. See Blende (a) . [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Blende \Blende\, n. [G., fr. blenden to blind, dazzle, deceive, fr. blind blind. So called either in allusion to its dazzling luster; or (Dana) because, though often resembling galena, it yields no lead. Cf. Sphalerite.] (Min.) (a) A mineral, called also sphalerite, and by miners mock lead, false galena, and black-jack. It is a zinc sulphide, but often contains some iron. Its color is usually yellow, brown, or black, and its luster resinous. (b) A general term for some minerals, chiefly metallic sulphides which have a somewhat brilliant but nonmetallic luster. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

sphalerite n 1: an ore that is the chief source of zinc; consists largely of zinc sulfide in crystalline form [syn: zinc blende, blende, sphalerite]