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[ roh-duh-kroh-sahyt ]
/ ˌroʊ dəˈkroʊ saɪt /


a mineral, manganese carbonate, MnCO3, commonly containing some iron and calcium, and usually rose-red in color: a minor ore of manganese; manganese spar.

Nearby words

rhodian, rhodic, rhodinal, rhodium, rhodo-, rhodochrosite, rhododendron, rhododendron bug, rhodogenesis, rhodolite, rhodomontade

Origin of rhodochrosite

1830–40; < Greek rhodóchrōs rose-colored (rhódo(n) rhodo- + chrṓs color; cf. chroma) + -ite1
Also called dialogite. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for rhodochrosite


/ (ˌrəʊdəʊˈkrəʊsaɪt) /


a pink, red, grey, or brown mineral that consists of manganese carbonate in hexagonal crystalline form and occurs in ore veins. Formula: MnCO 3

Word Origin for rhodochrosite

C19: from Greek rhodokhrōs of a rosy colour, from rhodon rose + khrōs colour
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