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  1. (mineralogy) A mineral, arsenic sulfide (AsS), often associated with orpiment and stibnite in lead, silver and gold ores.
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It is an alteration product of realgar, native arsenic, and, less commonly, arsenopyrite.
Orpiment is a lesser mineral associated with realgar and lead sulfosalts in dolomite at Binnental, Valais, Switzerland.
As for the refining of Metals, the Indians are wholly ignorant of it, being content with the realgar.
Orpiment and realgar are yellow and orange mineral species of arsenic sulphide, used in 16th-century Venetian painting particularly, but at various other times also.
A number of relatively minor yet interesting California realgar localities are given by Murdoch and Webb.
Other minerals associated with the orpiment crystals are white to colorless barite crystals, lemon-yellow crystalline masses of sulfur, and minor realgar.

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