[ blend ]
/ blɛnd /

noun Mineralogy.

sphalerite; zinc sulfide.
any of certain other sulfides.

Nearby words

  1. blellum,
  2. blemish,
  3. blemished,
  4. blench,
  5. blend,
  6. blended family,
  7. blended learning,
  8. blended whiskey,
  9. blender,
  10. blending inheritance

Origin of blende

1675–85; < German; compare Middle High German blenden to make blind, deceive; so called because it often looks deceptively like galena Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for blende


/ (blɛnd) /


another name for sphalerite
any of several sulphide ores, such as antimony sulphide

Word Origin for blende

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