|sphalerite (ˈsfæləˌraɪt, ˈsfeɪlə-)|
|Also called: zinc blende a yellow to brownish-black mineral consisting of zinc sulphide in cubic crystalline form with varying amounts of iron, manganese, cadmium, gallium, and indium: the chief source of zinc. Formula: ZnS|
|[C19: from Greek sphaleros deceitful, from sphallein to cause to stumble]|
|sphalerite (sfāl'ə-rīt') Pronunciation Key
A usually yellow-brown or brownish-black cubic mineral occurring either as single dodecahedral crystals or as granular masses. It often contains cadmium, arsenic, or manganese and has a distinct rotten egg odor. It is often found in association with the mineral galena and is the primary ore of zinc. Chemical formula: ZnS.