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1. Any of various shiny minerals composed chiefly of metallic sulfides.
2. See sphalerite.
[German, from blenden, to deceive (because it resembles lead ore), from Middle High German blenden, from Old High German blentan, to blind, deceive; see bhel- in Indo-European roots.]
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1. (Minerals) another name for sphalerite
2. (Minerals) any of several sulphide ores, such as antimony sulphide
[C17: German Blende, from blenden to deceive, blind; so called because it is easily mistaken for galena]
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1. sphalerite; zinc sulfide.
2. any of certain other sulfides.
[1675–85; < German; compare Middle High German blenden to make blind, deceive; so called because it looks deceptively like galena]
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|Noun||1.||blende - an ore that is the chief source of zinc; consists largely of zinc sulfide in crystalline form|
atomic number 49, indium, In - a rare soft silvery metallic element; occurs in small quantities in sphalerite
atomic number 81, thallium, Tl - a soft grey malleable metallic element that resembles tin but discolors on exposure to air; it is highly toxic and is used in rodent and insect poisons; occurs in zinc blende and some iron ores
mineral - solid homogeneous inorganic substances occurring in nature having a definite chemical composition
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