rhodochrosite

noun
rho·​do·​chro·​site | \ ˌrō-də-ˈkrō-ˌsīt How to pronounce rhodochrosite (audio) \

Definition of rhodochrosite

: a rose-red mineral consisting essentially of manganese carbonate

First Known Use of rhodochrosite

1823, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rhodochrosite

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.

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“Rhodochrosite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rhodochrosite. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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