py·​rox·​ene | \ pī-ˈräk-ˌsēn How to pronounce pyroxene (audio) , pə- \

Definition of pyroxene

: any of a group of igneous-rock-forming silicate minerals that contain calcium, sodium, magnesium, iron, or aluminum, usually occur in short prismatic crystals or massive form, are often laminated, and vary in color from white to dark green or black

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Other Words from pyroxene

pyroxenic \ ˌpī-​ˌräk-​ˈsē-​nik How to pronounce pyroxenic (audio) , pə-​ , -​ˈse-​ How to pronounce pyroxenic (audio) \ adjective
pyroxenoid \ pī-​ˈräk-​sə-​ˌnȯid How to pronounce pyroxenoid (audio) , pə-​ \ adjective or noun

Examples of pyroxene in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Driving around Von Kármán, the Yutu-2 rover found material that, according to its spectrometer, looked to contain at least two minerals: low-calcium pyroxene and olivine. National Geographic, "Chinese rover finds strange rocks that may come from deep inside the moon," 15 May 2019 Models and some recent finds suggest the upper zones of the mantle are composed of the minerals pyroxene and olivine. National Geographic, "Why does Earth have a moon, and how does it affect our planet?," 3 July 2019 The water content of minerals like pyroxene, known to be incredibly dry, were oddly wet in Bermuda’s core samples. Robin George Andrews, National Geographic, "The volcano that built Bermuda is unlike any other on Earth," 17 May 2019

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First Known Use of pyroxene

1800, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pyroxene

French pyroxène, from Greek pyr- + xenos stranger

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“Pyroxene.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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