- a common, heavy mineral, lead sulfide, PbS, occurring in lead-gray crystals, usually cubes, and cleavable masses: the principal ore of lead.
Origin of galena
1595–1605; < Latin: lead ore
Also called ga·le·nite [guh-lee-nahyt] /gəˈli naɪt/.
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Examples from the Web for galena
They proved to be a miner who had gone from Galena and a stout lad.Old Fort Snelling
Marcus L. Hansen
We took a steamer from Galena to Stillwater, as everyone did in those days.
We drove in wagons with boards across for seats from Milwaukee to Galena.
About Dubuque, opposite Galena, are extensive and rich lead mines.A New Guide for Emigrants to the West
J. M. Peck
The Galena was managed and fought with great skill and daring.Life of Rear Admiral John Randolph Tucker
James Henry Rochelle
- a grey mineral, found in hydrothermal veins. It is the chief source of lead. Composition: lead sulphide. Formula: PbS. Crystal structure: cubic
C17: from Latin: lead ore, dross left after melting lead
Word Origin and History for galena
lead ore, lead sulphide, c.1600, from Latin galena "mix of silver and lead; dross from smelting lead," of unknown origin.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A gray, metallic mineral occurring in cube-shaped crystals within veins of igneous rock or in sedimentary rocks. It is the main ore of lead. Chemical formula: PbS.
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