- 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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- 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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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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