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[guh-lee-nuh] /gəˈli nə/
a common, heavy mineral, lead sulfide, PbS, occurring in lead-gray crystals, usually cubes, and cleavable masses: the principal ore of lead.
Also called galenite
[guh-lee-nahyt] /gəˈli naɪt/ (Show IPA)
Origin of galena
1595-1605; < Latin: lead ore Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The tiny pitcher looks as if it were varnished with galenite.

    Bramble-bees and Others J. Henri Fabre
  • Hook had, of course, walked quietly away in the meantime, and the galenite had to pay the demand of Jehu.

    The Wits and Beaux of Society Grace & Philip Wharton
British Dictionary definitions for galenite


a grey mineral, found in hydrothermal veins. It is the chief source of lead. Composition: lead sulphide. Formula: PbS. Crystal structure: cubic
Word Origin
C17: from Latin: lead ore, dross left after melting lead
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Word Origin and History for galenite



lead ore, lead sulphide, c.1600, from Latin galena "mix of silver and lead; dross from smelting lead," of unknown origin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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galenite in Science
A gray, metallic mineral occurring in cube-shaped crystals within veins of igneous rock or in sedimentary rocks. It is the main ore of lead. Chemical formula: PbS.
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