mercuric sulfide

or mercury sulfide


noun Chemistry.

a crystalline, water-insoluble, poisonous compound, HgS, occurring as a coarse, black powder (black mercuric sulfide) or as a fine, bright-scarlet powder (red mercuric sulfide): used chiefly as a pigment and as a source of the free metal.

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Origin of mercuric sulfide

First recorded in 1850–55
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