Definitions for: Blende


[n] an ore that is the chief source of zinc; consists largely of zinc sulfide in crystalline form



Webster (1913) Definition: Blende, n. [G., fr. blenden to blind, dazzle, deceive,
fr. blind blind. So called either in allusion to its dazzling
luster; or (Dana) because, though often resembling galena, it
yields no lead. Cf. Sphalerite.] (Min.)
(a) A mineral, called also sphalerite, and by miners {mock
lead}, false galena, and black-jack. It is a zinc
sulphide, but often contains some iron. Its color is
usually yellow, brown, or black, and its luster resinous.
(b) A general term for some minerals, chiefly metallic
sulphides which have a somewhat brilliant but nonmetallic
luster.

Synonyms: sphalerite, zinc blende

See Also: atomic number 49, atomic number 81, In, indium, mineral, thallium, Tl

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