noun py·rox·ene \pī-ˈräk-ˌsēn, pə-\

Definition of pyroxene

  1. :  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


play \ˌpī-ˌräk-ˈsē-nik, pə-, -ˈse-\ adjective


play \pī-ˈräk-sə-ˌnȯid, pə-\ adjective or noun

Origin and Etymology of pyroxene

French pyroxène, from Greek pyr- + xenos stranger

First Known Use: 1800

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