One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A brownish or rose-pink mineral consisting of a silicate of manganese and other elements.
- ‘The opaque red, pink, and purple ‘gems’ discussed were coral, rhodochrosite, and rhodonite.’
- ‘Interesting thin plates of silver coating rhodonite and diopside in massive galena are reported from the mines at Garpenberg, Sweden.’
- ‘Here, exceptionally attractive, dark pink rhodonite mottled with black manganese oxides occurs in a siliceous lens associated with sphalerite, copper sulfides, and native copper.’
- ‘A photograph alleged to be rhodonite from New Jersey most certainly is not from New Jersey.’
- ‘Moreover, exhibits such as Taiwan's precious rose stones or rhodonite and stones with unique shapes or textures are presented to the public in large quantity and in good taste.’
Early 19th century: from Greek rhodon ‘rose’ + -ite.
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