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  1. a very soft mineral, silver chloride, AgCl, used as an ore of silver; horn silver.

Origin of cerargyrite

1865–70; < Greek kér(as) horn (see cerat-) + árgyr(os) silver + -ite1; compare French kérargyre
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Historical Examples

  • In the oxide zone the most abundant minerals are cerargyrite (silver chloride) and native or "horn" silver.

    The Economic Aspect of Geology

    C. K. Leith

  • Silver is often represented in the outcrop by silver chloride or cerargyrite, which may be easily identified.

British Dictionary definitions for cerargyrite


  1. another name for chloroargyrite

Word Origin

C19: from Greek keras horn + arguros silver + -ite 1
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