bornite

[ bawr-nahyt ]

noun
  1. 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.

Origin of bornite

1
1850–55; named after I. von Born (1742–91), Austrian mineralogist; see -ite1

Other words from bornite

  • bor·nit·ic [bawr-nit-ik], /bɔrˈnɪt ɪk/, adjective

Words Nearby bornite

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How to use bornite in a sentence

  • Much of the copper of commerce is made from chalcopyrite and bornite, and these ores are more difficult to work.

British Dictionary definitions for bornite

bornite

/ (ˈbɔːnaɪt) /


noun
  1. 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 4: Also called: peacock ore

Origin of bornite

1
C19: named after I. von Born (1742–91), Austrian mineralogist; see -ite 1

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