[ sil-vuh-nahyt ]
/ ˈsɪl vəˌnaɪt /


a mineral, gold silver telluride, (AuAg)Te2, silver-white with metallic luster, often occurring in crystals so arranged as to resemble written characters: an ore of gold.

Origin of sylvanite

1790–1800; named after Transylvania; see -ite1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for sylvanite

/ (ˈsɪlvəˌnaɪt) /


a silver-white mineral consisting of a telluride of gold and silver in the form of elongated striated crystals: a source of gold in Australia and North America. Formula: (Au,Ag)Te 2

Word Origin for sylvanite

C18: from (Tran) sylvan (ia) + -ite 1, with reference to the region where it was first found
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