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blende

[blend] /blɛnd/
noun, Mineralogy
1.
sphalerite; zinc sulfide.
2.
any of certain other sulfides.
Origin
1675-1685
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/
noun
1.
another name for sphalerite
2.
any of several sulphide ores, such as antimony sulphide
Word Origin
C17: German Blende, from blenden to deceive, blind; so called because it is easily mistaken for galena
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n.

an ore of zinc, 1680s, from German Blende, a back-formation from blenden "to blind, deceive" (see blind (adj.)). So called because it resembles lead but does not yield any.

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