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calaverite

[ kal-uh-vair-ahyt ]
/ ˌkæl əˈvɛər aɪt /
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noun
a silver-white mineral, gold telluride, AuTe2, containing a little silver: an ore of gold.
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Origin of calaverite

1865–70, Americanism;Calaver(as), county in California where first found + -ite1
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How to use calaverite in a sentence

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

British Dictionary definitions for calaverite

calaverite
/ (kəˈlævəˌraɪt) /

noun
a metallic pale yellow mineral consisting of a telluride of gold in the form of elongated striated crystals. It is a source of gold in Australia and North America. Formula: AuTe 2

Word Origin for calaverite

C19: named after Calaveras, county in California where it was discovered
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