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[sil-vuh-nahyt] /ˈsɪl vəˌnaɪt/
a mineral, gold silver telluride, (AuAg)Te 2 , silver-white with metallic luster, often occurring in crystals so arranged as to resemble written characters: an ore of gold.
Origin of sylvanite
1790-1800; named after Transylvania; see -ite1 Unabridged
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  • A small part of the world's supply is obtained from the gold-silver tellurides—calaverite, sylvanite, krennerite, and petzite.

  • But the strikes were rich because sylvanite is one of the richest of all gold ores.

    Rimrock Trail J. Allan Dunn
  • He 'lows it's sylvanite, same as they have over to Boulder County in Colorado.

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  • Experience counts a lot, of course, but I do know something about sylvanite, or white gold.

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  • He figgers this sylvanite lies under this porphyry reef, sabe?

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  • This side the exposed reef may have been ground down below the sylvanite.

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British Dictionary definitions for sylvanite


a silver-white mineral consisting of a telluride of gold and silver in the form of elongated striated crystals: a source of gold in Australia and North America. Formula: (Au,Ag)Te2
Word Origin
C18: from (Tran)sylvan(ia) + -ite1, with reference to the region where it was first found
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