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

Examples of diopside in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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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“Diopside.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diopside. Accessed 12 December 2019.

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