from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The primary ore of zinc, occurring in usually yellow-brown or brownish-black crystals or cleavage masses, essentially ZnS with some cadmium, iron, and manganese. Also called blende, zinc blende.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Zinc sulphide; -- called also blende, black-jack, false galena, etc. See blende (a).
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The native zinc sulphid more familiarly known as zinc-blende. See blende.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an ore that is the chief source of zinc; consists largely of zinc sulfide in crystalline form
Greek sphaleros, slippery, deceitful (from sphallein, to trip, from its being easily mistaken for galena) + -ite1.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Greek σφαλερὀς (sfaledos) "treacherous", named in 1847. (Wiktionary)