What was graphite believed to be a form of?

lead
mercury
iron
chalk
When large deposit of graphite was found in the 16th century in England, it was thought to be a form of lead. In many lan­guages, the word for pencil lit­er­al­ly means lead pen. (German Bleis­tift, Polish ołówek, Arabic قلم رصاص)

Answers distribution

lead
mercury
iron
chalk
answers
flagIndia
80%
6%
4%
5%
513
flagMalaysia
80%
2%
0%
17%
35
flagCanada
79%
5%
4%
11%
98
flagAustralia
77%
3%
3%
12%
81
flagthe Philippines
77%
5%
3%
9%
77
flagthe United States
76%
6%
6%
7%
1234
flagthe United Arab Emirates
75%
6%
6%
12%
32
flagPakistan
71%
5%
5%
11%
71
flagNorway
71%
8%
6%
14%
49
flagthe United Kingdom
70%
6%
7%
13%
724
flagGermany
67%
5%
9%
16%
260
flagItaly
64%
17%
7%
9%
51
flagUkraine
64%
10%
5%
18%
37
flagPoland
62%
7%
11%
17%
21831
flagFrance
62%
8%
10%
18%
74
flagthe Netherlands
62%
11%
9%
14%
61
flagNigeria
58%
14%
2%
11%
34
flagRepublic of Ireland
55%
11%
15%
17%
45
flagUnknown
54%
8%
10%
26%
950
flagAustria
46%
12%
6%
28%
32

Gender

men57%
women63%
lead
57%
63%
mercury
7%
7%
iron
11%
12%
chalk
23%
17%

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