Definition of Pyroxene

1. Noun. Any of a group of crystalline silicate mineral common in igneous and metamorphic rocks.

Generic synonyms: Mineral
Substance meronyms: Nephelinite, Basalt



Definition of Pyroxene

1. n. A common mineral occurring in monoclinic crystals, with a prismatic angle of nearly 90°, and also in massive forms which are often laminated. It varies in color from white to dark green and black, and includes many varieties differing in color and composition, as diopside, malacolite, salite, coccolite, augite, etc. They are all silicates of lime and magnesia with sometimes alumina and iron. Pyroxene is an essential constituent of many rocks, especially basic igneous rocks, as basalt, gabbro, etc.

Definition of Pyroxene

1. Noun. (minerology) Any of a group of crystalline minerals containing silicates of iron, magnesium and calcium. ¹

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Definition of Pyroxene

1. any of a group of minerals common in igneous rocks [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Pyroxene

pyrotechny
pyrotherapy
pyrothere
pyrotheres
pyrothonide
pyrotic
pyrotics
pyrotoxin
pyrotoxins
pyrotritartaric acid
pyrotungstic
pyrouric
pyrovalerone
pyrovanadic
pyroxanthin
pyroxene (current term)
pyroxenes
pyroxenic
pyroxenite
pyroxenites
pyroxenitic
pyroxenoid
pyroxenoids
pyroxferroite
pyroxferroites
pyroxmangite
pyroxyle
pyroxyles
pyroxylic
pyroxylin

Literary usage of Pyroxene

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1. Transactions of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and (1907)
"pyroxene-andesite. 90. From hummock east of low hill near NW. cor. of St. ... pyroxene- andesite. 96. Area close to Florence shaft on the east, Section 1. ..."

2. The American Naturalist by American Society of Naturalists, Essex Institute (1882)
"A RELATION BETWEEN THE OPTICAL AND CHEMICAL PROPERTIES OF pyroxene AND AMPHIBOLE. ... The following are examples: pyroxene. Locality. Optic angle. ..."

3. Bi-monthly Bulletin of the American Institute of Mining Engineers by American Institute of Mining Engineers (1905)
"pyroxene-andesite. 90. From hummock east of low hill near NW. cor. of St. ... pyroxene- andesite. 96. Area close to Florence shaft on the east, Section 1. ..."

4. The System of Mineralogy of James Dwight Dana, 1837-1868: Descriptive Mineralogy by James Dwight Dana, Edward Salisbury Dana (1920)
"On Allen W. Wells' farm, large light green amphibole with pyroxene and oligoclase. ... pyroxene, zircon ! titanite, satin spar, associated with serpentine. ..."

5. The American Geologist by Newton Horace Winchell (1904)
"There is no direct evidence brought forward in the paper cited vo show by the crystal outline of the mineral that the original form was that of pyroxene as ..."

6. Mineralogy: An Introduction to the Scientific Study of Minerals by Henry Alexander Miers (1902)
"The name is a misnomer, for pyroxene is one of the most characteristic minerals of a large group of basic igneous rocks. Many minerals which have been ..."

7. The Building and Ornamental Stones of Wisconsin by Ernest Robertson Buckley (1898)
"pyroxene. The composition of the mineral species included under the general name of pyroxene is nearly the same as that of the species included under the ..."

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