[ guh-lee-nuh ]
/ gəˈli nə /


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/. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for galena


galenite (ɡəˈliːnaɪt)

/ (ɡəˈliːnə) /


a grey mineral, found in hydrothermal veins. It is the chief source of lead. Composition: lead sulphide. Formula: PbS. Crystal structure: cubic

Word Origin for galena

C17: from Latin: lead ore, dross left after melting lead
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Science definitions for galena


[ gə-lēnə ]

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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