from The Century Dictionary.
- noun Iron pyrites, either pyrite or marcasite, and including also arsenical pyrites, or arsenopyrite, which is sometimes called
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun Iron pyrites, or arsenical pyrites; -- so called by the Cornish miners.
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- noun mining, UK, dialect, Cornish
iron pyriteor arsenicpyrite
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In all appearance it is impregnated with nitre, if not with something more mischievous: we know that mundic, or pyrites, very often contains a proportion of arsenic, mixed with sulphur, vitriol, and mercury.
Closely allied to this subject is the investigation of the mode in which certain metals are reduced from their solutions by metallic sulphides, or, in common language, the influence which the presence of such substances as mundic and galena may exercise in effecting the deposit of pure metals, such as gold, in mineral lodes.
Thinking, doubtless, that I was like unto the ordinary city fellow who comes at rare intervals to look at a mine, he made me a present of a piece of rock with some worthless garnets in it, also a sample of country rock pregnant with mundic; the garnets and the mundic glittered in the sunshine.
I fancy an inkling of the truth dawned in that Dutchman's soul at last, for he made no further reference to either garnets or mundic.
But he stopped grinning before the afternoon wore out, for I set him climbing and clambering for little pieces of mundic and tiny patches of garnets in all the toughest places I could find in that mine, and went into ecstasies over each individual piece, until I had quite
He stared at the wavering gloom in the cavern, with its quaint, angular splashes of glister, where heads of quartz and patches of mundic caught the light from the unsteady flame of the candle, and presently he was
They say that the stream that flows into the port is still heavily charged with mundic.
For the encouragement of the mining trade, the 5th of William and Mary, chap. 17, exempted from this prohibition, iron, copper, and mundic metal made from British ore.
"A mussy me! as if every lad here didn't know what mundic was!" cried
"Cop -- no, only mundic," cried Will, who had nearly been caught tripping.