One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A bluish, gray, or black mineral of metallic appearance, consisting of lead sulfide. It is the chief ore of lead.
- ‘This karsting provides highly permeable rocks in which the sulphide minerals sphalerite and galena represent the valuable mineralization.’
- ‘The primary ore minerals were not investigated, although galena and pyrite were found as relict masses on several occasions.’
- ‘The main ore minerals are galena, chalcopyrite, sphalerite, and tetrahedrite that are associated with quartz and barite gangue.’
- ‘Similarly, silver has been described replacing a variety of silver minerals, pyrite, and galena.’
- ‘Vein minerals are barite, calcite, chalcopyrite, galena, pyrite, and sphalerite.’
Late 17th century: from Latin, ‘lead ore’ (in a partly purified state).
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