1. [syn: chalcopyrite, copper pyrites]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Pyrites \Py*ri"tes\, n. [L., fr. Gr. ?, fr. ? fire. See Pyre.]
A name given to a number of metallic minerals, sulphides of
iron, copper, cobalt, nickel, and tin, of a white or
Note: The term was originally applied to the mineral pyrite,
or iron pyrites, in allusion to its giving sparks when
struck with steel.
Arsenical pyrites, arsenopyrite.
Auriferous pyrites. See under Auriferous.
Capillary pyrites, millerite.
Common pyrites, isometric iron disulphide; pyrite.
Hair pyrites, millerite.
Iron pyrites. See Pyrite.
Magnetic pyrites, pyrrhotite.
Tin pyrites, stannite.
White iron pyrites, orthorhombic iron disulphide;
marcasite. This includes cockscomb pyrites (a variety of
marcasite, named in allusion to its form), spear pyrites,
Yellow pyrites, or Copper pyrites, the sulphide of copper
and iron; chalcopyrite.
[1913 Webster] Pyritic
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a yellow copper ore (CuFeS2) made up of copper and iron
sulfide [syn: chalcopyrite, copper pyrites]