diopside


di·op·side

noun \dī-ˈäp-ˌsīd\

Definition of DIOPSIDE

:  a green to white mineral that consists of pyroxene containing little or no aluminum
di·op·sid·ic \ˌdī-ˌäp-ˈsi-dik\ adjective

Origin of DIOPSIDE

French, from di- + Greek opsis appearance — more at optic
First Known Use: circa 1808

diopside

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Common silicate mineral in the pyroxene family. Diopside is a calcium and magnesium silicate (CaMgSiO) that occurs in metamorphosed siliceous limestones and dolomites, in skarns, and in igneous rocks. It is also found in small amounts in many chondritic meteorites. Clear specimens of good green colour are sometimes cut as gems.

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