Definition of galena in English:



  • A bluish, gray, or black mineral of metallic appearance, consisting of lead sulfide. It is the chief ore of lead.

    • ‘The main ore minerals are galena, chalcopyrite, sphalerite, and tetrahedrite that are associated with quartz and barite gangue.’
    • ‘The primary ore minerals were not investigated, although galena and pyrite were found as relict masses on several occasions.’
    • ‘This karsting provides highly permeable rocks in which the sulphide minerals sphalerite and galena represent the valuable mineralization.’
    • ‘Vein minerals are barite, calcite, chalcopyrite, galena, pyrite, and sphalerite.’
    • ‘Similarly, silver has been described replacing a variety of silver minerals, pyrite, and galena.’


Late 17th century: from Latin, lead ore (in a partly purified state).