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chalcopyrite

[ kal-kuh-pahy-rahyt ]
/ ˌkæl kəˈpaɪ raɪt /
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noun

a very common mineral, copper iron sulfide, CuFeS2, occurring in brass-yellow crystals or masses: the most important ore of copper; copper pyrites.

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Origin of chalcopyrite

First recorded in 1825–35; chalco- + pyrite
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British Dictionary definitions for chalcopyrite

chalcopyrite
/ (ˌkælkəˈpaɪraɪt, -ˈpaɪə-) /

noun

a widely distributed yellow mineral consisting of a sulphide of copper and iron in tetragonal crystalline form: the principal ore of copper. Formula: CuFeS 2Also called: copper pyrites
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Scientific definitions for chalcopyrite

chalcopyrite
[ kăl′kə-pīrīt′ ]

A brassy yellow, metallic, tetragonal mineral, usually occurring as shapeless masses of grains. Chalcopyrite is found in igneous rocks and copper-rich shales, and it is an important ore of copper. Because of its shiny look and often yellow color, it is sometimes mistaken for gold, and for this reason it is also called fool's gold. Chemical formula: CuFeS2.
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