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noun Mineralogy.
  1. a dark iron magnesium silicate, an orthorhombic pyroxene containing more than 14 percent ferrous oxide.
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Origin of hypersthene

1800–10; hyper- + Greek sthénos strength, might; replacing hyperstene < French hyperstène
Related formshy·per·sthen·ic [hahy-pers-then-ik] /ˌhaɪ pərsˈθɛn ɪk/, adjective
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  1. a green, brown, or black pyroxene mineral consisting of magnesium iron silicate in orthorhombic crystalline form. Formula: (Mg,Fe) 2 Si 2 O 6
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Derived Formshypersthenic (ˌhaɪpəˈsθɛnɪk), adjective

Word Origin for hypersthene

C19: from hyper- + Greek sthenos strength
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