Pyrites meaning

pī-rītēz, pīrīts
Any of various natural metallic sulfide minerals, especially of iron.
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Any of various native metallic sulfides, esp. iron pyrites.
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Plural form of pyrite.
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Origin of pyrites

  • Latin pyrītēs from Greek purītēs (lithos) fire (stone), flint from pūr fire paəwr̥ in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition