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pyroxene

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noun py·rox·ene \pī-ˈräk-ˌsēn, pə-\

Definition of pyroxene

  1. :  any of a group of igneous-rock-forming silicate minerals that contain calcium, sodium, magnesium, iron, or aluminum, usually occur in short prismatic crystals or massive form, are often laminated, and vary in color from white to dark green or black

py·rox·e·nic play \ˌpī-ˌräk-ˈsē-nik, pə-, -ˈse-\ adjective
py·rox·e·noid play \pī-ˈräk-sə-ˌnȯid, pə-\ adjective or noun


Origin of pyroxene

French pyroxène, from Greek pyr- + xenos stranger


First Known Use: 1800


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