Vulcanite is a rare copper telluride mineral. The mineral has a metallic luster, and is a green or bronze-yellow shade. It has a hardness between 1 and 2 on the Mohs scale (between talc and gypsum). Its crystal structure is orthorhombic.
It is named after the place where it was discovered in 1961, the Mammoth Good Hope Mine in Vulcan (ghost town and district), Gunnison County, Colorado, US. Small deposits have also been discovered in Japan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and Norway. It occurs with native tellurium, rickardite, petzite and sylvanite.
Vulcanite may refer to:
- Vulcanite (mineral), the mineral
- Vulcanite (hard rubber) (aka Ebonite), vulcanized rubber
- Vulcanite (artificial stone), artificial stone
n. 1 A hard rubber made by vulcanization with sulfur; ebonite. 2 (lb en mineral) A rare mineral, copper telluride.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Vulcanite \Vul"can*ite\, n. Hard rubber produced by vulcanizing with a large proportion of sulphur.
Usage examples of "vulcanite".
Paul and Beste-Chetwynde got out, stretched themselves, and were led across a floor of bottle-green glass into the dining-room, where Mrs Beste-Chetwynde was already seated at the vulcanite table beginning her luncheon.
Then turn off the gas, spoon that snow into a vulcanite container of the required thickness, and ram it down with a vulcanite plunger into a rod of the required hardness.
The one Patrick owned had been black vulcanite with a thin yellow spiral down the barrel.
Innumerable tubes of glass, metal and a kind of vulcanite conveyed blood and chemicals over the whole system.
The Vulcanite rocks glowed white-hot, heating the large, metal container of water that would create the steam necessary to fuel the Burrower.
Hart had one hefty blue vulcanite suitcase on wheels, a kind of cabin trunk, called Globetrotter.
I hastily slipped off one of the rubber tubes from my stethoscope and inserted into one end of it a vulcanite ear-speculum to serve as a funnel.
I grabbed out the switch board, sliding out the vulcanite plate which carried the switch-control of the blue circle.
I crouched down on my heels, and with my two arms out before me I slipped the nails of each forefinger under the vulcanite base of the blue circle, which I lifted very gently so that when the base was far enough from the floor I could push the tips of my fingers underneath.
In The Lancet of December 10, 1881, there is an account of a vulcanite tooth-plate which was swallowed and passed forty-two hours later.