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sylvanite

[sil-vuh-nahyt]
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noun
  1. a mineral, gold silver telluride, (AuAg)Te2, silver-white with metallic luster, often occurring in crystals so arranged as to resemble written characters: an ore of gold.

Origin of sylvanite

1790–1800; named after Transylvania; see -ite1
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Examples from the Web for sylvanite

Historical Examples

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

    Rimrock Trail

    J. Allan Dunn

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

    Rimrock Trail

    J. Allan Dunn

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

    Rimrock Trail

    J. Allan Dunn

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

    Rimrock Trail

    J. Allan Dunn

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


British Dictionary definitions for sylvanite

sylvanite

noun
  1. a silver-white mineral consisting of a telluride of gold and silver in the form of elongated striated crystals: a source of gold in Australia and North America. Formula: (Au,Ag)Te 2

Word Origin

C18: from (Tran) sylvan (ia) + -ite 1, with reference to the region where it was first found
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