Definitions

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

  • n. A brownish-bronze iron sulfide mineral, FeS, characterized by weak magnetic properties and used as an iron ore and in the manufacture of sulfuric acid. Also called magnetic pyrites.

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  • n. A weakly magnetic ferrous sulfide mineral, FeS.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as pyrrhotine.

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  • n. a brownish iron sulfide mineral (FeS) having weak magnetic properties

Etymologies

Alteration (influenced by -ite1) of German Pyrrhotin, from Greek purrotēs, redness, from purros, fiery, from pūr, fire.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • • A few minerals are magnetic such as pyrrhotite and magnetite.

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  • Like PAHs, these minerals -- mainly iron compounds called magnetite and pyrrhotite -- can come from inorganic sources.

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  • However, inorganic precipitation of magnetite and pyrrhotite require just the opposite conditions: high pH rather than low acidic pH conditions.

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  • These mineral crystals were identified as magnetite, pyrrhotite, and greigite.

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  • In essence, the researchers hold that the combination of magnetite, pyrrhotite, and carbonate could not have formed nonbiologically.

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  • Marcasite and pyrrhotite, other iron sulphide minerals, are frequently found with pyrite and are used for the same purposes.

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  • The target for all drilling on the Eastern Extension property is smoky quartz veins mineralized with sulphides pyrite, pyrrhotite, chalcopyrite, sphalerite ± visible gold.

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  • Variable amounts of pyrrhotite and chalcopyrite occur, with lesser amounts of sphalerite and magnetite.

  • The tested EM anomalies immediately up-ice of the Suitcase boulders are attributed to Fe sulphide (pyrrhotite) mineralization.

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  • The property features copper-silver-molybdenum-lead-zinc-gold bearing sulphide minerals which include chalcopyrite, pyrrhotite, pyrite, molybdenite, sphalerite, galena and covelite.

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