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rhodochrosite Syllabification: rho·do·chro·site
Pronunciation: /ˌrōdəˈkrōsīt/

Definition of rhodochrosite in English:


A mineral consisting of manganese carbonate, typically occurring as pink, brown, or gray rhombohedral crystals.
Example sentences
  • Many mineral collectors think that some of the finest rhodochrosite specimens from Colorado were found in the clay seams at the Climax mine.
  • It never occurs as a free element, but only in ores such as pyrolusite, manganite, psilomelane, and rhodochrosite.
  • It has been found in the Loma Blanca borate deposit at Coranzuli, Jujuy, and at the famous rhodochrosite occurrence in the Capillitas mine, Catamarca, Argentina.


Mid 19th century: from Greek rhodokhrōs 'rose-colored' + -ite1.

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