di·​op·​side | \ dī-ˈäp-ˌsīd How to pronounce diopside (audio) \

Definition of diopside

: a green to white mineral that consists of pyroxene containing little or no aluminum

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diopsidic \ ˌdī-​ˌäp-​ˈsi-​dik How to pronounce diopsidic (audio) \ adjective

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This one—with its boulder opal center surrounded by diamonds and four diopsides—is particularly stunning. Lane Florsheim, WSJ, "Online Staff Writer Lane Florsheim’s Holiday Gift Guide: Color Their World," 3 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of diopside

circa 1808, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for diopside

French, from di- + Greek opsis appearance — more at optic

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The first known use of diopside was circa 1808

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one that collects or salvages junk

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