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 (pĭr′ə-tīt′) also pyr·rho·tine (-tīn′)
A brownish-bronze iron sulfide mineral, FeS, characterized by weak magnetic properties and used as an iron ore and in the manufacture of sulfuric acid. Also called magnetic pyrites.

[Alteration (influenced by -ite) of German Pyrrhotin, from Greek purrotēs, redness, from purros, fiery, from pūr, fire; see paəwr̥ in Indo-European roots.]
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(ˈpɪrəˌtaɪt) or


(Minerals) a common bronze-coloured magnetic mineral consisting of ferrous sulphide in hexagonal crystalline form. Formula: FeS
[C19: from Greek purrhotēs redness, from purrhos fiery, from pur fire]
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(ˈpɪr əˌtaɪt)

a bronze-colored magnetic mineral, iron sulfide, occurring in massive and in crystal forms.
[1868; < Greek pyrrhót(ēs) redness + -ite1]
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Noun1.pyrrhotite - a brownish iron sulfide mineral (FeS) having weak magnetic propertiespyrrhotite - a brownish iron sulfide mineral (FeS) having weak magnetic properties
mineral - solid homogeneous inorganic substances occurring in nature having a definite chemical composition
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During recent field programs surface outcrops were found to contain a nickel-bearing minerals pentlandite and phyrrotite (magnetic pyrite) which are often associated with nickel sulphides.