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Definition of "augite" []

  • A dark-green to black pyroxene mineral, (Ca,Na)(Mg,Fe,Al)(Si,Al)2O6, that contains large amounts of aluminum, iron, and magnesium. (noun)

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Use "augite" in a sentence
  • "Below this were strata of trachitic breccia and augite; the formation was then seamy to an unknown depth."
  • "Taken, then, a liquid which is heavy -- the most convenient is methylene iodide, whose specific gravity is 3.3 -- a fragment of zircon will sink in this, and a fragment of tourmaline will float, but a fragment of the mineral augite, whose specific gravity is also 3.3, will remain exactly suspended."
  • "They are divisible into two great classes, which have received the names of diorite and dolerite, the former a mixture of albite and hornblende, the latter of augite and labradorite, sometimes with considerable quantities of a sort of oligoclase containing both soda and lime, and of different kinds of zeolitic minerals."