any of several minerals, esp. metallic sulfides, with a bright luster; specif., sphalerite
Origin of blendeGerman blende ; from blenden, to blind, deceive (akin to blend): so named because it resembles galena, but contains no lead
- Any of various shiny minerals composed chiefly of metallic sulfides.
- See sphalerite.
Origin of blendeGerman, from blenden, to deceive (because it resembles lead ore), from Middle High German blenden, from Old High German blentan, to blind, deceive; see bhel-1 in Indo-European roots.