Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A pink to rose-red mineral, essentially a glassy crystalline manganese silicate, MnSiO3, used as an ornamental stone.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a manganese inosilicate mineral with some substitution by iron and magnesium, of composition (Mn2+,Fe,Mg,Ca)SiO3

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Manganese spar, or silicate of manganese, a mineral occuring crystallised and in rose-red masses. It is often used as an ornamental stone.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Native manganese silicate, sometimes containing zinc or calcium: a mineral occurring massive, rarely in distinct crystals, of a fine rose-red or pink color. It is sometimes used as an ornamental stone.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a pink or red mineral consisting of crystalline manganese silicate; used as an ornamental stone

Etymologies

From Greek rhodon, rose.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek ῥόδον (rhodon, "rose") + -ite. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I bought rhodonite stones at a rock shop and art supplies and some candles.

    2001-12-15 6:28 p.m.

  • Creation -- a tableland between great mountains, full of masses of rhodonite contorted into grotesque shapes of stone images; a place where our lightest whispers came shouting back out of the profound stillness from the huge castellated black rocks bristling on the edge of a precipice which slit the valley from end to end.

    The Hand in the Dark

  • Estimates range from $7,000 for a green bowenite arc trimmed in garnets to $90,000 for a pink rhodonite horse head with diamond eyes.

    NYT > Home Page

  • There are some regularly used gemstones found in Navajo and other Southwest Indian jewelry including turquoise, hematite, jasper, malachite, aventurine, amethyst and rhodonite.

    RO.RSS

  • Massachusetts, true to its deeply intellectual heritage, picked this mineral, rhodonite, as its state gem.

    About.com Geology

  • Billed as a Russian grey Kalgan jasper egg cup with rhodonite egg, it was stamped with the Russian imperial coat of arms, and sold for about ten times its estimate of £1,000 to $1,500.

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  • AmySegreti Just another day in Boulder: attuning to my rhodonite necklace, wondering what form of technology Mercury in retrograde will affect next ...

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