[ bawr-nahyt ]
/ ˈbɔr naɪt /
a common mineral and important ore of copper, copper iron sulfide, Cu5FeS4, occurring in masses, of brownish color when first exposed to the air; peacock ore.
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Origin of bornite
1850–55; named after I. von Born (1742–91), Austrian mineralogist; see -ite1
OTHER WORDS FROM bornitebor·nit·ic [bawr-nit-ik], /bɔrˈnɪt ɪk/, adjective
Words nearby bornite
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Much of the copper of commerce is made from chalcopyrite and bornite, and these ores are more difficult to work.An Elementary Study of Chemistry|William McPherson
British Dictionary definitions for bornite
/ (ˈbɔːnaɪt) /
a mineral consisting of a sulphide of copper and iron that tarnishes to purple or dark red. It occurs in copper deposits. Formula: Cu 5 FeS 4Also called: peacock ore
Word Origin for bornite
C19: named after I. von Born (1742–91), Austrian mineralogist; see -ite 1
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