Definition of mispickel in English:


Pronunciation /ˈmisˌpik(ə)l/ /ˈmɪsˌpɪk(ə)l/


another term for arsenopyrite
‘The best conductor among the natural sulphides appeared to be mispickel, which vies in this respect with some of the metals.’
  • ‘A dressed product of copper works in South America, consisting of grains of native copper mixed with pyrite, chalcopyrite, mispickel, and earthy minerals.’
  • ‘It can be obtained from mispickel by heating, which causes the arsenic to sublime and leaves the iron sulfide.’
  • ‘In the periphery of the oxidation, copper mineralization occurs as chalcopyrite, bornite, tennantite and mispickel.’
  • ‘Arsenic is occasionally found as a free element, but it is usually found in a number of minerals, the most common one being mispickel.’


Late 17th century from German.