One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A dark grey mineral consisting of a sulphide of copper and arsenic.
- ‘Near the end of its operation, mine personnel recovered exceptional gold in bright, medium yellow masses and splotches on chertlike, vuggy quartz and associated with sulfides, including enargite.’
- ‘Other possible occurrences include porphyry copper deposits that contain enargite at depth, such as Chuquicamata, Chile.’
Mid 19th century: from Greek enargēs ‘clear’ (referring to evident cleavage) + -ite.
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