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

  • n. Any of various shiny minerals composed chiefly of metallic sulfides.
  • n. See sphalerite.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A naturally-occurring sulphide of zinc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A mineral, called also sphalerite, and by miners mock lead, false galena, and black-jack. It is a zinc sulphide, but often contains some iron. Its color is usually yellow, brown, or black, and its luster resinous.
  • n. A general term for some minerals, chiefly metallic sulphides which have a somewhat brilliant but nonmetallic luster.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An ore of zinc; a native sulphid of zinc, but commonly containing more or less iron, also a little cadmium, and sometimes rarer elements (gallium, indium).

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


German, from blenden, to deceive (because it resembles lead ore), from Middle High German blenden, from Old High German blentan, to blind, deceive; see bhel-1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From German Blende, from blendenĀ ("deceive"), because it resembles galena. (Wiktionary)



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  • blende (a zinc ore)- from the German to deceive, to blind because it resembles galena.

    Another zinc ore is smithsonite - (ZnCO3) (named after the mineralogist who first recognized it and whose bequest started the Smithsonian Institute) with one of the first mines where it was mined being the Kelly mine near Magdalena, NM.

    It took James Smithson to recognize it was not just calamine, but something different.
    Quite a different type of blend!
    (or unblende?)

    September 25, 2012