Meaning of pilsenite in English:


Pronunciation /ˈpɪlsɪnʌɪt/


  • A silvery to steel-grey mineral that is an alloy of bismuth and tellurium, Bi₄ Te₃, occurring as foliated masses and belonging to the trigonal crystal system.

    Originally identified with wehrlite, but later regarded as one component (along with hessite) of the mixture that wehrlite was found to be.


Mid 19th century; earliest use found in James Dana (1813–1895), geologist, zoologist, and teacher. From German Pilsenit from the name of Deutsch-Pilsen, former name of Nagybörzsöny, Hungary, where the mineral was first found + -it.