rho·​do·​chro·​site ˌrō-də-ˈkrō-ˌsīt How to pronounce rhodochrosite (audio)
: a rose-red mineral consisting essentially of manganese carbonate

Word History


borrowed from German Rhodochrosit, from Greek rhodóchrōs or rhodóchroos "rose-colored" (from rhodo- rhodo- + -chrōs, -chroos, adjectival derivatives of chrṓs "skin, flesh, complexion, color") + German -it -ite entry 1 — more at -chrome

Note: The mineral was named by the German mineralogist Johann Friedrich Ludwig Hausmann (1782-1859) in Handbuch der Mineralogie, 1. Band (Göttingen, 1813), pp. 1081-82.

First Known Use

1823, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rhodochrosite was in 1823

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“Rhodochrosite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rhodochrosite. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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