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

  • n. A lead-gray mineral, Sb2S3, that is the chief source of antimony.

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  • n. A grey mineral, Sb2S3, that is the main ore of antimony; used in ancient times as the cosmetic kohl.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A mineral of a lead-gray color and brilliant metallic luster, occurring in prismatic crystals; sulphide of antimony; -- called also antimony glance, and gray antimony.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Native antimony trisulphid (Sb2S3), a mineral usually occurring in orthorhombic crystals, sometimes of great size, often acicular; and also massive. See cut under acicular.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a soft grey mineral; the chief ore of antimony


French stibine, stibnite (from Latin stibium, antimony; see stibine) + -ite1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • (Sb_ {2} S_ {3}), called stibnite, though it is also found as oxide and as

    An Elementary Study of Chemistry

  • The mineral that is used the most to isolate Antimony is called stibnite, also known as antimonite.

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  • Antimony minerals, particularly stibnite, have been known and used since ancient times.


  • Numerous stibnite deposits occur in Idaho, Montana and Nevada, but most are worked out.


  • Its chemical symbol, Sb, is derived from the Latin word stibium, which was the name of the most common antimony mineral, stibnite.


  • It rarely occurs in nature as a native element, but is found in a number of different minerals, the most important of which is stibnite (SbS3).


  • Of these minerals, only stibnite (SbS3) is mined commercially as a source for metallic antimony.


  • Because it is so soft, stibnite was used in ancient times as black eye makeup.


  • The ancients may have occasionally produced pure antimony from its ore stibnite, and medieval alchemists have left recipes for preparation of the pure metal.


  • Artists used finely-ground stibnite in the Middle Ages as a black pigment.



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