Definitions

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

  • n. A pale brass-yellow to silver-white ore of gold and silver, chiefly (Au,Ag)Te2.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Silver gold telluride, a soft metallic mineral ranging in colour from steely gray to almost white.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A native telluride of gold, silver, and sometimes lead.

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

  • n. a silver-white mineral consisting of silver gold telluride; a source of gold in Australia and America

Etymologies

French, after Transylvania .
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Transylvania, where it can be found, and -ite. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It combines with oxygen to form tellurite, and with gold and silver to form sylvanite (Au, Ag) Te2.

    Tellurium

  • A small part of the world's supply is obtained from the gold-silver tellurides -- calaverite, sylvanite, krennerite, and petzite.

    The Economic Aspect of Geology

  • 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.

    Rimrock Trail

  • This side the exposed reef may have been ground down below the sylvanite.

    Rimrock Trail

  • He figgers this sylvanite lies under this porphyry reef, sabe?

    Rimrock Trail

  • Experience counts a lot, of course, but I do know something about sylvanite, or white gold.

    Rimrock Trail

  • 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.

    Rimrock Trail

  • But the strikes were rich because sylvanite is one of the richest of all gold ores.

    Rimrock Trail

  • The most common mineral of tellurium is sylvanite.

    CreationWiki - Recent changes [en]

  • 'lows it's sylvanite, same as they have over to Boulder County in

    Rimrock Trail

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  • a steel-colored naturally occurring telluride.

    January 18, 2011