a usually brownish mineral, (Zn,Fe)S, the chief ore of zinc; zinc iron sulfide
Origin of sphaleriteGerman sphalerit from Classical Greek sphaleros, deceptive ( from sphallein, to trip, deceive: for Indo-European base see spoil) + -it, -ite: so named from being mistaken for other ores
The primary ore of zinc, occurring in usually yellow-brown or brownish-black crystals or cleavage masses, essentially ZnS with some cadmium, iron, and manganese. Also called blende . Also called zinc blende .
Origin of sphaleriteGreek sphaleros slippery, deceitful (from its being easily mistaken for galena) ( from sphallein to trip ) ( from sphalos fetter, pair of stocks ) (Sanskrit skhalate he stumbles ) ( and Armenian sxalem I stumble ) -ite 1
From Greek σφαλερὀς (sfaleros) "treacherous", named in 1847.