Definition of botryoidal in English:


Syllabification: bot·ry·oi·dal
Pronunciation: /ˌbätrēˈoidl


  • (Chiefly of minerals) having a shape reminiscent of a cluster of grapes.
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    • Accessory minerals include earthy aggregates of clay minerals and botryoidal or stalactitic manganese oxides.
    • This is a late-formed mineral that occurs as thin botryoidal crusts with little visible crystal structure.
    • It forms spherical clusters of tightly packed radiating crystals and botryoidal crusts.


late 18th century: from Greek botruoeidēs (from botrus 'bunch of grapes') + -al.

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