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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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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