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- n. A mineral form of silver chloride, AgCl, that is a rare ore of silver; horn silver.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Native silver chloride, a mineral of a white to pale yellow or gray color, darkening on exposure to the light. It may be cut by a knife, like lead or horn (hence called horn silver).
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Native silver chlorid, a mineral occurring crystallized in cubes, also more commonly massive.
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Under weathering conditions, the silver sulphide minerals in general are oxidized to form native silver and cerargyrite, which are relatively insoluble and remain for the most part in the oxide zone.
Silver is often represented in the outcrop by silver chloride or cerargyrite, which may be easily identified.
In the oxide zone the most abundant minerals are cerargyrite (silver chloride) and native or "horn" silver.