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Definition of RHODOCHROSITE
: a rose-red mineral consisting essentially of manganese carbonate
Origin of RHODOCHROSITE
German Rhodocrosit, from Greek rhodochrōs rose-colored, from rhod- + chrōs color — more at chromatic
First Known Use: 1836
Carbonate mineral composed of manganese carbonate (MnCO), a source of manganese for the ferromanganese alloys used in steel production. It is commonly found in ore veins formed at moderate temperatures, in high-temperature metamorphic deposits, and in sedimentary deposits.