Meaning of tennantite in English:


Pronunciation /ˈtɛnəntʌɪt/


mass noun
  • A grey-black mineral consisting of a sulphide of copper, iron, and arsenic. It is an important ore of copper.

    ‘In the orebody galena occurred as large masses associated with pyrite, chalcopyrite, and tennantite.’
    • ‘Initially, the glassy brown crystals associated with quartz and tennantite were misidentified as anglesite.’
    • ‘The orebody contained an exotic suite of minerals, including mercury, tennantite, and tetradymite, all of no commercial value.’


Mid 19th century from the name of Smithson Tennant (1761–1815), English chemist, + -ite.