Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A light to dark brown mineral, (Zn,Fe)S, that is a polymorph of sphalerite, used as a minor ore of zinc.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Sulphid of zinc occurring in hexagonal crystals, isomorphous with greenockite.

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  • noun mineralogy A dark brown mineral, a form of zinc sulfide, ZnS, often also containing iron and cadmium sulfides.

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  • noun a brownish-black mineral consisting of zinc sulfide

Etymologies

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[French, after Charles Wurtz, (1817–1884), French chemist.]

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For Charles-Adolphe Wurtz French chemist.

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  • It's just a brownish-black mineral consisting of zinc sulfide, but it sounds disgusting, doesn't it?

    October 26, 2007

  • I wouldn't want it in my sandwich, that's for sure.

    October 26, 2007