One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A mineral consisting of manganese carbonate, typically occurring as pink, brown, or grey rhombohedral crystals.
- ‘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.’
- ‘As I remember, this beautiful specimen had a rhodochrosite at least 2 inches across of an attractive red color that was set on white bertrandite crystals.’
- ‘Many mineral collectors think that some of the finest rhodochrosite specimens from Colorado were found in the clay seams at the Climax mine.’
- ‘The rhodochrosite crystals were not large, but, as in fishing, where there are small ones there are likely to be large ones!’
Mid 19th century: from Greek rhodokhrōs ‘rose-coloured’ + -ite.
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