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A brass-colored mineral, FeS2, occurring widely and used as an iron ore and in producing sulfur dioxide for sulfuric acid. Also called fool's gold, iron pyrites.
[Middle English perides, pirite, from Old French pirite, from Latin pyrītēs, flint; see pyrites.]
py·rit′ic (-rĭt′ĭk), py·rit′i·cal (-ĭ-kəl) adj.
(Minerals) a yellow mineral, found in igneous and metamorphic rocks and in veins. It is a source of sulphur and is used in the manufacture of sulphuric acid. Composition: iron sulphide. Formula: FeS2. Crystal structure: cubic. Also called: iron pyrites or pyrites Nontechnical name: fool's gold
[C16: from Latin pyrites flint, from Greek puritēs (lithos) fire (stone), that is, capable of withstanding or striking fire, from pur fire]
pyritic, pyˈritous adj
a brass-yellow mineral, iron sulfide, FeS2.Also called iron pyrites, iron pyrite.
[1560–70; < Latin pyrītēs < Greek pyritēs, n. use of adj.: of fire, so called because it produces sparks when struck]
py•rit•ic (paɪˈrɪt ɪk, pə-) py•rit′i•cal, adj.
A silver to yellow, metallic mineral consisting of iron and sulfur. Pyrite often crystallizes in cubes or octahedrons but also occurs as shapeless masses of grains. It is used as a source of iron and in making sulfur dioxide. Because of its shiny look and often yellow color, it is sometimes mistaken for gold and for this reason is also called fool's gold.
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|Noun||1.||pyrite - a common mineral (iron disulfide) that has a pale yellow color|
atomic number 34, Se, selenium - a toxic nonmetallic element related to sulfur and tellurium; occurs in several allotropic forms; a stable grey metallike allotrope conducts electricity better in the light than in the dark and is used in photocells; occurs in sulfide ores (as pyrite)
mineral - solid homogeneous inorganic substances occurring in nature having a definite chemical composition