American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A pale brass-yellow to silver-white ore of gold and silver, chiefly (Au,Ag)Te2.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A native telluride of gold, silver, and sometimes lead. It occurs crystallized and massive, of a steel-gray to silver-white color and brilliant metallic luster. The crystals are often so arranged in parallel position on the rock surface as to resemble written characters: it is hence called
graphic telluriumor graphic gold.
- n. mineralogy Silver gold telluride, a soft metallic mineral ranging in colour from steely gray to almost white.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Min.) A telluride of gold and silver, (Au, Ag)Te2, of a steel gray, silver white, or brass yellow. It often occurs in implanted crystals resembling written characters, and hence is called
graphic tellurium. H., 1.5-2. Sp.gr., 7.9-8.3.
- n. a silver-white mineral consisting of silver gold telluride; a source of gold in Australia and America
- Transylvania, where it can be found, and -ite. (Wiktionary)
- French, after Transylvania . (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“It combines with oxygen to form tellurite, and with gold and silver to form sylvanite (Au, Ag) Te2.”
“A small part of the world's supply is obtained from the gold-silver tellurides -- calaverite, sylvanite, krennerite, and petzite.”
“Offices of the Casey Town Mining Company with alluring specimens behind glass cases, with models of mining machinery and of sections of mines, framed maps and drawings, blue-prints, a chunk of sylvanite ore in a railed-off enclosure with the legend of its marvelous value.”
“This side the exposed reef may have been ground down below the sylvanite.”
“He figgers this sylvanite lies under this porphyry reef, sabe?”
“Experience counts a lot, of course, but I do know something about sylvanite, or white gold.”
“Then would come the prospectuses with these extracts of the best paragraphs, tied up with views of Casey Town, with engineers 'reports, with semi-scientific stuff about sylvanite, a masterpiece of romance and fiction, peppered with fact.”
“But the strikes were rich because sylvanite is one of the richest of all gold ores.”
“The most common mineral of tellurium is sylvanite.”
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Indo-European root stāk- to stand, place
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