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Webster 1913 Edition


Galena

Ga-le′na

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Noun.
[L.
galena
lead ore, dross that remains after melting lead: cf. F.
galène
sulphide of lead ore, antidote to poison, stillness of the sea, calm, tranquility.]
1.
(Med.)
A remedy or antidote for poison; theriaca.
[Obs.]
Parr.
2.
(Min.)
Lead sulphide; the principal ore of lead. It is of a bluish gray color and metallic luster, and is cubic in crystallization and cleavage.

Webster 1828 Edition


Galena

GALE'NA

,
Noun.
[Gr. tranquillity, so named from its supposed effects in mitigating the violence of disease.] Originally, the name of the theriaca.
1.
Sulphuret of lead; its common color is that shining bluish gray, usually called lead gray; sometimes it is nearly steel gray. Its streak has a metallic luster, but its fine powder is nearly black. Its structure is commonly foliated, sometimes granular or compact, and sometimes striated or fibrous. It occurs in regular crystals, or more frequently massive.

Definition 2022


Galena

Galena

See also: galena and galèna

English

Proper noun

Galena

  1. A place name for a number of United States towns and cities.

galena

galena

See also: Galena and galèna

English

Galena

Noun

galena (usually uncountable, plural galenas)

  1. (mineralogy) A mineral, lead sulphide (PbS), mined as an ore for lead. [From circa 1600.]
    • 1939 November, Raymond B. Wailes, Chemical Engineering for Home Experimenters, Popular Science, page 207,
      You can easily extract lead from galena, a natural mineral which has been used in crystal radio receivers.
    • 1942, G. F. Loughlin, A. H. Koschmann, Geology and Ore Deposits of the Magdalena Mining District, New Mexico, Geological Survey Professional Paper, Issue 200, page 98,
      The galena of the ore contains microscopic inclusions of various forms that become visible upon polished surfaces etched with hydrochloric or nitric acid.
    • 1953, National Research Council (U.S.), Report of the Committee on the Measurement of Geologic Time, page 132,
      These samples had higher Pb206 and Pb208 abundances than any other galenas yet examined.
    • 2008, Sanghamitra Ghosh, Heavy Stable Isotope Investigations in Environmental Science and Archaeology, page 77,
      Very little galena has been reported (recovered mostly from burial mounds) in the Great Lakes region indicating that the mineral was not a major interregional exchange commodity during this period. However, numerous galenas have been recovered from the lower Mississippi Valley region and Florida indicating that galena was part of an important north-south exchange system (Walthall 1981).
  2. (medicine, obsolete) A remedy or antidose for poison; theriac.
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Noun

galena f (plural galenes)

  1. galena

Latin

Pronunciation

  • (Classical) IPA(key): /ɡaˈleː.na/, [ɡaˈɫeː.na]

Noun

galēna f (genitive galēnae); first declension

  1. lead-ore
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  2. (by extension) the dross that remains after smelting this ore
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Declension

First declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative galēna galēnae
genitive galēnae galēnārum
dative galēnae galēnīs
accusative galēnam galēnās
ablative galēnā galēnīs
vocative galēna galēnae

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Portuguese

Noun

galena f (plural galenas)

  1. (mineralogy) galena (mineral mined as an ore of lead)

Spanish

Noun

galena f (plural galenas)

  1. (mineralogy) galena