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blende n : an ore that is the chief source of zinc; consists largely of zinc sulfide in crystalline form [syn: zinc blende, sphalerite]

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see Blende



From Blende, from blenden ‘deceive’, because it resembles galena.




  1. A naturally-ocurring sulphide of zinc.
    • 2006, Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day, Vintage 2007, p. 310:
      The procedure up here with ordinary local zinc blende had been straightforward—first you got the sulfur to go off by roasting the blende to zinc oxide, and then you reduced the oxide to zinc metal.

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Blende may refer to:
blende in Ukrainian: Обманка
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