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Boulangerite \Bou*lan"ger*ite\, n. [From Boulanger, a French mineralogist.] (Min.) A mineral of a bluish gray color and metallic luster, usually in plumose masses, also compact. It is a sulphide of antimony and lead.


n. (context mineral English) A lead antimony sulfide mineral that forms metallic grey monoclinic crystals.


Boulangerite is a sulfosalt mineral, lead antimony sulfide, formula PbSbS. It was named in 1837 in honor of French mining engineer Charles Boulanger (1810–1849). It forms metallic grey monoclinic crystals. Sometimes the crystals form a fine feathery mass which has been called plumosite. Boulangerite is used as a lead ore.