Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A massive variety of the mineral uraninite.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Naturally-occurring uranium oxide, a variety of the mineral uraninite.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A pitch-black mineral consisting chiefly of the oxide of uranium; uraninite. See uraninite.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An oxid of uranium, usually occurring in pitchy black masses, rarely in octahedrons. Also pechblend, pechblende, pechurane, uraninite.
  • n. It is a black mineral found chiefly in the mines of the Erzgebirge, between Saxony and Bohemia, and until recently known simply as the chief source of oxid of uranium, used in staining glass and painting on porcelain. In it have been found many of the substances which have been observed to present the property of radioactivity.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a mineral consisting of uranium oxide and trace amounts of radium and thorium and polonium and lead and helium; uraninite in massive form is called pitchblende which is the chief uranium ore

Etymologies

Partial translation of German Pechblende : Pech, pitch + Blende, blende; see blende.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From German Pechblende, from Pech ("pitch") + Blende ("blende"). (Wiktionary)

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