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diopside

[ dahy-op-sahyd, -sid ]
/ daɪˈɒp saɪd, -sɪd /
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noun Mineralogy.
a monoclinic pyroxene mineral, calcium magnesium silicate, CaMg(SiO3)2, occurring in various colors, usually in crystals.
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Origin of diopside

1800–10; di-3 + Greek óps(is) appearance + -ide
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British Dictionary definitions for diopside

diopside
/ (daɪˈɒpsaɪd, -sɪd) /

noun
a colourless or pale-green pyroxene mineral consisting of calcium magnesium silicate in monoclinic crystalline form: used as a gemstone. Formula: CaMgSi 2 O 6

Word Origin for diopside

C19: from di- ² + Greek opsis sight, appearance + -ide
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Scientific definitions for diopside

diopside
[ dī-ŏpsīd′ ]

A light green, monoclinic variety of pyroxene, used as a gemstone and as a refractory material. Chemical formula: CaMgSi2O6.
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