Origin of greenockite

1840–45; named after Charles Cathcart, Lord Greenock (1807–43), Englishman who discovered it; see -ite1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. a rare yellowish mineral consisting of cadmium sulphide in hexagonal crystalline form: the only ore of cadmium. Formula: CdS

Word Origin for greenockite

C19: named after Lord C. C. Greenock, 19th-century English soldier
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