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noun Mineralogy.
  1. sphalerite; zinc sulfide.
  2. any of certain other sulfides.
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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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Related Words

gold, metal, iron, platinum, mineral, lead, rock, silver, bronze, copper, blende, tin, zinc

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Historical Examples

  • 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

    Georgius Agricola

  • It is said to require the reduction of about five thousand tons of the blende to produce one pound of radium.

  • The blende is first roasted in huge furnaces specially built for the purpose.

British Dictionary definitions for blende


  1. another name for sphalerite
  2. any of several sulphide ores, such as antimony sulphide
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Word Origin

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.

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