horn·​blende ˈhȯrn-ˌblend How to pronounce hornblende (audio)
: a mineral that is the common dark green to black variety of aluminous amphibole
broadly : amphibole sense 2
hornblendic adjective

Examples of hornblende in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Margaret sheltered in the lee of a large stone, gneiss studded with gleaming black hornblende, and rummaged in the giant rucksack on my back. Hugh Raffles, The New York Review of Books, 9 Oct. 2020

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Word History


borrowed from German Hornblende, from Horn horn + Blende blende

First Known Use

1770, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hornblende was in 1770

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“Hornblende.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hornblende. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


horn·​blende -ˌblend How to pronounce hornblende (audio)
: a dark mineral commonly found as a kind of rock

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