Definition of hypersthene in English:

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hypersthene

Pronunciation: /ˈhʌɪpəsθiːn/

noun

[mass noun]
A greenish rock-forming mineral of the orthopyroxene class, consisting of a magnesium iron silicate.
Example sentences
  • Other associated minerals include olivine, phlogopite, enstatite (hypersthene), and many other trace accessory minerals.
  • How about apatite, apophyllite, axinite, chlorite, hypersthene, scapolite, serpentine, tantalite, and wolframite?
  • The plagioclase feldspar weathers to produce a whitish gray rock, while the mafic minerals (olivine, augite and hypersthene) produce contrasting darker grains.

Origin

Early 19th century: coined in French, from hyper- 'exceeding' + Greek sthenos 'strength' (because it is harder than hornblende).

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