[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. gale, zona,
  2. galea,
  3. galeate,
  4. galeiform,
  5. galen,
  6. galenic,
  7. galenic pharmacy,
  8. galenical,
  9. galenism,
  10. galenus

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

Examples from the Web for galenite

  • The tiny pitcher looks as if it were varnished with galenite.

  • Hook had, of course, walked quietly away in the meantime, and the Galenite had to pay the demand of Jehu.

    The Wits and Beaux of Society|Grace &amp; Philip Wharton

British Dictionary definitions for galenite


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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Word Origin and History for galenite



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

Science definitions for galenite


[ 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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