rho·​do·​lite ˈrō-də-ˌlīt How to pronounce rhodolite (audio)
: a pink or purple garnet used as a gem

Word History


rhodo- + -lite

Note: The garnet was named by the American mineralogists William Earl Hidden (1853-1918) and Joseph Hyde Pratt (1870-1942) in "On Rhodolite, a new variety of garnet," American Journal of Science, vol. 155 (Fourth series, vol. 5, 1898), pp. 294-96.

First Known Use

1897, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rhodolite was in 1897

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“Rhodolite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rhodolite. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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