Origin of pyrite
Examples from the Web for pyrite
The deposition of galena, blende, and pyrite in the Galena lead mines still continues.
A few small crystals of pyrite were then placed in the bottle of solution, and the gold began immediately to precipitate on them.Getting Gold|J. C. F. Johnson
Pyrite, pī′rīt, n. native iron disulphide of a pale-yellow colour and very hard—also Iron pyrites.
Pyrite, the yellow iron sulphide, is the commonest and most abundant of the metallic sulphides.
Similar occurrences of pyrite on a smaller scale are known in many places.
British Dictionary definitions for pyrite
Word Origin for pyrite
Word Origin and History for pyrite
"metallic iron disulfide, fool's gold," 1550s, from Old French pyrite (12c.), from Latin pyrites, from Greek pyrites lithos "stone of fire, flint" (so called because it glitters), from pyrites "of or in fire," from pyr (genitive pyros) "fire" (see fire (n.)). Related: Pyritic.