Definition of clinopyroxene in English:



mass noun
  • A mineral of the pyroxene group crystallizing in the monoclinic system.

    • ‘The more altered dykes of the Black Coast have groundmasses of clinopyroxene, plagioclase and rare biotite.’
    • ‘The magmatic evolution is dominated by low-pressure crystal fractionation of olivine, Cr-spinel, plagioclase and clinopyroxene.’
    • ‘Ye et al. recently reported abundant exsolutions of clinopyroxene, rutile and apatite in garnet of a Yangkou eclogite sample.’
    • ‘This flow consists of about 30 percent plagioclase, clinopyroxene, and olivine, as small phenocrysts.’
    • ‘The sample is a weakly foliated granulite formed of plagioclase, orthopyroxene, clinopyroxene and minor hornblende.’


Early 20th century: from clino- in the sense ‘monoclinic’ + pyroxene.