- sphalerite; zinc sulfide.
- any of certain other sulfides.
Origin of blende
1675–85; < German; compare Middle High German blenden to make blind, deceive; so called because it often looks deceptively like galena
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Examples from the Web for blende
Masses of sulphuret of zinc, in the form of blende, were noticed at this locality.The Indian in his Wigwam
Henry R. Schoolcraft
Zinc is smelted in England, likewise from blende (sulphuret of zinc).
The ores are argentiferous galena, accompanied by considerable amounts of blende and pyrites, all oxidized near the surface.De Re Metallica
It is said to require the reduction of about five thousand tons of the blende to produce one pound of radium.How to Succeed as an Inventor
Goodwin B. Smith
The blende is first roasted in huge furnaces specially built for the purpose.The Romance of War Inventions
Thomas W. Corbin
- another name for sphalerite
- any of several sulphide ores, such as antimony sulphide
C17: German Blende, from blenden to deceive, blind; so called because it is easily mistaken for galena
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Word Origin and History for blende
an ore of zinc, 1680s, from German Blende, a back-formation from blenden "to blind, deceive" (see blind (adj.)). So called because it resembles lead but does not yield any.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper