- a mineral, hydrous copper silicate, CuSiO3⋅H2O, occurring in emerald-green crystals.
Origin of dioptase
1795–1805; < French, equivalent to di- di-3 + Greek optasía view
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- a green glassy mineral consisting of hydrated copper silicate in hexagonal crystalline form. Formula: Cu 6 Si 6 O 18 .6H 2 O
Word Origin for dioptase
C19: from French, from Greek dia- through + optos visible
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