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[wurt-sahyt] /ˈwɜrt saɪt/
noun, Mineralogy
a dimorph of sphalerite, zinc sulfide, ZnS, similar in structure to greenockite and brownish-black in color.
1865-70; < French, named after Charles Wurtz (1817-84), French chemist; see -ite1
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[wert-sit-ik] /wərtˈsɪt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
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  • It exits in two structures wurtzite and zinc blend type cubic.
Encyclopedia Article for wurtzite

a zinc sulfide mineral that occurs typically in Potosi, Bolivia; Butte, Mont.; and Goldfield, Nev. It is a rare and unstable (at temperatures below 1,020 C, [1,870 F]) hexagonally symmetrical modification of sphalerite, to which it inverts crystallographically; it may be made artificially from sphalerite by rapid cooling from 1,020 C. For detailed physical properties, see sulfide mineral (table)

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