Definition for AS-PHU'RE-LATES

AS-PHU'RE-LATES, n. [Gr. α privative and σφυρα, a hammer; not malleable.]

A series of semimetallic fossils, fusible by fire, and in their purest state not malleable. In their native state, they are mixed with sulphur and other adventitious matter, in the form of ore. Under this denomination are classed bismuth, antimony, cobalt, zink, and quicksilver. – Coxe. Encyc.

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