- a monoclinic pyroxene mineral, calcium magnesium silicate, CaMg(SiO3)2, occurring in various colors, usually in crystals.
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Diopside, dī-op′sid, n. a grayish and readily cleavable variety of pyroxene.
Here it is believed to be an alteration product of diopside (lime-magnesia pyroxene) in a contact-metamorphic silicated zone.The Economic Aspect of Geology
C. K. Leith
The augite is mostly a variety of diopside and is only occasionally idiomorphic.
- 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
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- A light green, monoclinic variety of pyroxene, used as a gemstone and as a refractory material. Chemical formula: CaMgSi2O6.