horn·​blende | \ ˈhȯrn-ˌblend How to pronounce hornblende (audio) \

Definition of hornblende

: a mineral that is the common dark green to black variety of aluminous amphibole broadly : amphibole sense 2

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Other Words from hornblende

hornblendic \ hȯrn-​ˈblen-​dik How to pronounce hornblende (audio) \ 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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First Known Use of hornblende

1770, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hornblende

borrowed from German Hornblende, from Horn horn + Blende blende

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“Hornblende.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hornblende. Accessed 27 Sep. 2021.

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