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.
- ‘Here, exceptionally attractive, dark pink rhodonite mottled with black manganese oxides occurs in a siliceous lens associated with sphalerite, copper sulfides, and native copper.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘A photograph alleged to be rhodonite from New Jersey most certainly is not from New Jersey.’
Early 19th century: from Greek rhodon ‘rose’ + -ite.
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