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  1. a blackish mineral, silver antimony sulfide, AgSbS3, showing, when transparent, a deep ruby-red color by transmitted light; ruby silver: an ore of silver.
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Origin of pyrargyrite

1840–50; pyr- + Greek árgyr(on) silver + -ite1
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Historical Examples of pyrargyrite

  • Pyrargyrite, pī-rar′ji-rīt, n. an ore of silver consisting of the sulphide of silver and antimony.

    Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 3 of 4: N-R)


British Dictionary definitions for pyrargyrite


  1. a dark red to black mineral consisting of silver antimony sulphide in hexagonal crystalline form: occurs in silver veins and is an important ore of silver. Formula: Ag 3 SbS 3
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Word Origin for pyrargyrite

C19: from German Pyrargyrit, from pyro- + Greek arguros silver
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