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polybasite

[ pol-ee-bey-sahyt, puh-lib-uh-sahyt ]
/ ˌpɒl iˈbeɪ saɪt, pəˈlɪb əˌsaɪt /
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noun

a blackish mineral, Ag9SbS6: a minor ore of silver.

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Origin of polybasite

From the German word Polybasit, dating back to 1820–30. See poly-, base1, -ite1
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British Dictionary definitions for polybasite

polybasite
/ (ˌpɒlɪˈbeɪsaɪt, pəˈlɪbəˌsaɪt) /

noun

a grey to black mineral consisting of a sulphide of silver, antimony, and copper in the form of platelike monoclinic crystals. It occurs in veins of silver ore. Formula: (Ag,Cu) 16 Sb 2 S 11

Word Origin for polybasite

C19: from poly- + base 1 + -ite 1
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