/pent"leuhn duyt'/, n.
a mineral, sulfide of nickel, occurring in the form of bronze-colored granular aggregates, found with pyrrhotite: the principal source of nickel.
[1855-60; < F; named after Joseph B. Pentland (d. 1873), Irish scientist; see -ITE1]

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 a nickel and iron sulfide mineral, the chief source of nickel. It is nearly always found with pyrrhotite and similar minerals in silica-poor rocks such as those at Bushveld, S.Af.; Bodø, Nor.; and Sudbury, Ont., Can. It has also been found in meteorites. Pentlandite forms crystals that have isometric symmetry. For chemical formula and detailed physical properties, see sulfide mineral (table).

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