bournonite

bournonite

[bawr-nuh-nahyt, bohr-, boor-]
noun Mineralogy.
a sulfide of lead, antimony, and copper, PbCuSbS 3 , occurring in gray to black crystals or granular masses.
Also called cogwheel ore.


Origin:
1795–1805; named after Count J. L. de Bournon (died 1825), French mineralogist; see -ite1

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bournonite

sulfosalt mineral, a lead, copper, and antimony sulfide (PbCuSbS3), that occurs as heavy, dark crystal aggregates and masses with a metallic lustre in association with other sulfur-containing minerals in many locations, including the Harz Mountains of Germany; a number of localities in Italy; Bolivia; Peru; Ontario, Canada; and the western United States. Its crystals have orthorhombic symmetry. For detailed physical properties, see sulfosalt (table)

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