noun Mineralogy.
a massive variety of uraninite, occurring in black pitchlike masses: a major ore of uranium and radium.

1760–70; half translation, half adoption of German Pechblende. See pitch2, blende

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pitchblende (ˈpɪtʃˌblɛnd)
a blackish mineral that is a type of uraninite and occurs in veins, frequently associated with silver: the principal source of uranium and radium. Formula: UO2
[C18: partial translation of German Pechblende, from Pechpitch² (from its black colour) + blende]

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pitchblende   (pĭch'blěnd')  Pronunciation Key 
A brown to black, often crusty, cubic mineral that is a principal ore of uranium. It is highly radioactive. Chemical formula: UO2.
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It is typically concentrated in areas with lots of granite, shale, phosphate and pitchblende.
It is especially concentrated in areas with lots of granite, shale, phosphate and pitchblende.
Uranium is present in rocks such as granite, shale, phosphate and pitchblende.
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