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n. (context mineral English) A mixed oxide mineral of copper and iron.


Delafossite is a copper iron oxide mineral with formula CuFeO or CuFeO. It is member of the delafossite mineral group with a general formula ABO, a group characterized by a sheet of linearly coordinated A cations stacked between edge-shared octahedral layers (BO). Delafossite along with other minerals of the ABO group has been recognized for its electrical properties from insulation to metallic conduction. Delafossite is usually a secondary mineral that crystallizes near oxidized copper and is rarely a primary mineral.