chalcocite

[kal-kuh-sahyt]

Origin of chalcocite

1865–70; irregular chalco- + (anthra)cite
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chalcocite

noun
  1. a lead-grey or black mineral, found as a copper ore or in veins. It is a source of copper. Composition: copper sulphide. Formula: Cu 2 S. Crystal structure: orthorhombic

Word Origin for chalcocite

C19: changed from earlier chalcosine, from Greek khalkos copper + -ite 1
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