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 (pī-rī′tēz, pī′rīts′)
n. pl. pyrites
Any of various natural metallic sulfide minerals, especially of iron.

[Latin pyrītēs, from Greek purītēs (lithos), fire (stone), flint, from pūr, fire; see paəwr̥ in Indo-European roots.]


(paɪˈraɪtiːz; in combination ˈpaɪraɪts )
n, pl -tes
1. (Minerals) another name for pyrite
2. (Minerals) any of a number of other disulphides of metals, esp of copper and tin


(paɪˈraɪ tiz, pə-, ˈpaɪ raɪts)

n., pl. -tes.
1. any of various metallic sulfides, as of tin.
2. pyrite.
[1545–55; < Latin pyrītes (pl.); see pyrite]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pyrites - any of various metallic-looking sulfides (of which pyrite is the commonest)
sulfide, sulphide - a compound of sulphur and some other element that is more electropositive


[paɪˈraɪtiːz] N (pyrites (pl)) → pirita f
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My host says that the two principal improvements introduced by foreigners have been, first, reducing by previous roasting the copper pyrites -- which, being the common ore in Cornwall, the English miners were astounded on their arrival to find thrown away as useless: secondly, stamping and washing the scoriae from the old furnaces -- by which process particles of metal are recovered in abundance.
Straight from the ocean's depths rose towering cliffs, shot with brown and blues and greens--withered moss and lichen and the verdigris of copper, and everywhere the rusty ocher of iron pyrites.
A natural salesman with a winning personality, he's been stuck in the minor leagues because he's incapable of distinguishing gold from pyrites.
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The method of extraction will involve biological leaching to dissolve the metals from the pyrites, followed by solvent extraction and electrowinning.
I say to myself, "This is my kind of store," as I gawk at its pyrites, its calcites, and its bounty of baubulous delights.
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In certain circumstances people will treat iron pyrites (fool's gold) indistinguishably from gold.
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