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[ pich-blend ]
/ ˈpɪtʃˌblɛnd /

noun Mineralogy.

a massive variety of uraninite, occurring in black pitchlike masses: a major ore of uranium and radium.

Nearby words

pitch-cone angle, pitch-dark, pitch-faced, pitch-pipe, pitchbend, pitchblende, pitched, pitched battle, pitched battle, a, pitcher, pitcher plant

Origin of pitchblende

1760–70; half translation, half adoption of German Pechblende. See pitch2, blende Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for pitchblende


/ (ˈpɪtʃˌblɛnd) /


a blackish mineral that is a type of uraninite and occurs in veins, frequently associated with silver: the principal source of uranium and radium. Formula: UO 2

Word Origin for pitchblende

C18: partial translation of German Pechblende, from Pech pitch ² (from its black colour) + blende
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Word Origin and History for pitchblende



also pitch-blende, 1770, a loan-translation of German Pechblende; see pitch (n.2) + blende.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Science definitions for pitchblende


[ pĭchblĕnd′ ]

A brown to black, often crusty, cubic mineral that is a principal ore of uranium. It is highly radioactive. Chemical formula: UO2.
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