oc·​ta·​he·​dron | \ ˌäk-tə-ˈhē-drən How to pronounce octahedron (audio) \
plural octahedrons or octahedra\ ˌäk-​tə-​ˈhē-​drə How to pronounce octahedron (audio) \

Definition of octahedron

: a solid bounded by eight plane faces

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Examples of octahedron in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web They are defined by symmetry, and the Greeks knew that there were only five possibilities meeting the criteria: the tetrahedron, cube, octahedron, dodecahedron and icosahedron. Eugenia Cheng, WSJ, 10 Aug. 2017 Diamonds, which form eight-sided crystals called octahedrons, can be billions of years old, Dr. Harlow said. C. Claiborne Ray, New York Times, 12 June 2017

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First Known Use of octahedron

1570, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for octahedron

Greek oktaedron, from okta- + -edron -hedron

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“Octahedron.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/octahedron. Accessed 29 Sep. 2022.

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