[ sahy-lom-uh-leyn ]
/ saɪˈlɒm əˌleɪn /
a common mineral consisting of a mixture of pyrolusite and other oxides of manganese, usually found in black, rounded masses: an ore of manganese.
Origin of psilomelane
1825–35; < Greek psīló(s) bare, smooth + mélan, neuter of mélas black
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As an ore of manganese it is much less abundant than pyrolusite or psilomelane.
British Dictionary definitions for psilomelane
/ (sɪˈlɒmɪˌleɪn) /
a common black to grey secondary mineral consisting of hydrated basic oxide of manganese and barium: a source of manganese. Formula: BaMn 9 O 16 (OH) 4Also called: romanicite
Word Origin for psilomelane
C19: from Greek psilos bare + melas black
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