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.