- a very common brass-yellow mineral, iron disulfide, FeS2, with a metallic luster, burned to sulfur dioxide in the manufacture of sulfuric acid: chemically similar to marcasite, but crystallizing in the isometric system.
Origin of pyrite
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The principal use of pyrite is in the manufacture of sulphuric acid.
Wherever flint and pyrite are to be had these are used for striking fire.The Central Eskimo
He, however, puts it on one side as merely a synonym for pyrite, nor can it be satisfactorily defined in much better terms.De Re Metallica
Before the war domestic sources supplied a fourth to a third of the domestic demand for pyrite.
Pyrite, the yellow iron sulphide, is the commonest and most abundant of the metallic sulphides.
- a yellow mineral, found in igneous and metamorphic rocks and in veins. It is a source of sulphur and is used in the manufacture of sulphuric acid. Composition: iron sulphide. Formula: FeS 2 . Crystal structure: cubicAlso called: iron pyrites, pyrites Nontechnical name: fool's gold
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.
- A silver to yellow, metallic, cubic mineral. Pyrite often crystallizes in cubes or octahedrons but also occurs as shapeless masses of grains. It occurs in most types of rocks, and is used as a source of iron and in making sulfur dioxide. It is a polymorph of marcasite. Because of its shiny look and often yellow color, it is sometimes mistaken for gold and for this reason is also called fool's gold. Chemical formula: FeS2.