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Definitions for sphalerite
ˈsfæl əˌraɪt, ˈsfeɪ lə-spha·lerite

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. zinc blende, blende, sphaleritenoun

    an ore that is the chief source of zinc; consists largely of zinc sulfide in crystalline form


  1. sphaleritenoun

    A yellow, brown or black, sometimes red, green white or colorless mineral with cubic crystals, of a chemical formula (Zn,Fe)S.

  2. Etymology: From Greek σφαλερὀς (sfaledos) "treacherous", named in 1847.\


  1. sphalerite

    Sphalerite is a zinc sulfide mineral that is the most important ore of zinc. It is often found in association with galena, the chief lead ore. Its crystal structure is closely related to that of diamond, giving it a similar bright, reflective appearance. It can vary in color including yellow, brown, black, red, and occasionally green.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sphaleritenoun

    zinc sulphide; -- called also blende, black-jack, false galena, etc. See Blende (a)

  2. Etymology: [Gr. slippery, uncertain. See Blende.]


  1. Sphalerite

    Sphalerite is a mineral that is the chief ore of zinc. It consists largely of zinc sulfide in crystalline form but almost always contains variable iron. When iron content is high it is an opaque black variety, marmatite. It is usually found in association with galena, pyrite, and other sulfides along with calcite, dolomite, and fluorite. Miners have also been known to refer to sphalerite as zinc blende, black-jack, and ruby jack.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sphalerite in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sphalerite in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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    pass through the tissue or substance or its pores or interstices, as of gas
    • A. famish
    • B. transpire
    • C. affront
    • D. render

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