Definition of mimetite in English:


Pronunciation /ˈmimətīt/ /ˈmɪmətaɪt/


  • A yellow or brown mineral consisting of a chloride and arsenate of lead, typically found as a crust or needle-like crystals in lead deposits.

    ‘They were associated with mimetite and unidentified clay minerals.’
    • ‘Yellow to red-orange mimetite associated with wulfenite is well known from the San Francisco mine, Cucurpe, and good specimens have come from Cerro Prieto, Sonora.’
    • ‘It may be associated with a wide variety of other minerals including cerussite, anglesite, raspite, pyromorphite, mimetite, and scheelite.’
    • ‘Here colorless to yellow crusts of mimetite coat open spaces and coarse fragments in brecciated dacite.’
    • ‘Although some of these specimens were also labeled as being pyromorphite and vanadinite, they were later proven to be mimetite by several analyses from China, the United States, and Germany.’


Mid 19th century from Greek mimētēs ‘imitator’+ -ite.