blende

blende

[blend]
noun Mineralogy.
1.
sphalerite; zinc sulfide.
2.
any of certain other sulfides.

Origin:
1675–85; < German; compare Middle High German blenden to make blind, deceive; so called because it often looks deceptively like galena

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blende (blɛnd)
 
n
1.  another name for sphalerite
2.  any of several sulphide ores, such as antimony sulphide
 
[C17: German Blende, from blenden to deceive, blind; so called because it is easily mistaken for galena]

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