ge·​ode ˈjē-ˌōd How to pronounce geode (audio)
: a nodule of stone having a cavity lined with crystals or mineral matter
: the cavity in a geode

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web So how, exactly, did this great geode come to be? Alex Orlando, Discover Magazine, 23 Oct. 2019 Selected by Anne Boyer By Anthony Robinson 88 DAYS ago my father died & The world is still broken Open like a geode, too Dazzling to apprehend, Too terrible to come home To. Anthony Robinson Anne Boyer, New York Times, 23 Mar. 2023 This geode-like pastel bottle will keep drinks ice cold through the sunniest of Easter egg hunts. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, 1 Mar. 2023 Michael Kors presented a new take on collar necklaces, ones that featured flat, oversized geode and disc pendants simply hung on a circular wire—which, from far away, brought Calder mobiles to mind. Dale Arden Chong, ELLE, 23 Feb. 2023 Crystal Cave is actually the world's largest geode, discovered in 1897 by workers who were building a well. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, 23 Jan. 2023 It’s like a geode cracked open with facets within facets. Steven Litt, cleveland, 22 Jan. 2023 Researcher Fernando Gázquez measures the geode’s atmospheric conditions to see if tourist visits are affecting the formations. National Geographic, 13 Jan. 2023 The early sunset was hours ago, and the insulating clouds have vanished, leaving every surface frozen and glittering like the inside of a geode wherever the light from the street lamps touch. Christie Wilcox, Discover Magazine, 25 Dec. 2016 See More

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'geode.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History


Latin geodes, a gem, from Greek geōdēs earthlike, from earth

First Known Use

circa 1732, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of geode was circa 1732

Dictionary Entries Near geode

Cite this Entry

“Geode.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition


ge·​ode ˈjē-ˌōd How to pronounce geode (audio)
: a stone having a cavity lined with crystals or mineral matter

More from Merriam-Webster on geode

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!