Pyrognostics
Pyrognostics Pyr`og*nos"tics, n. pl. (Min.) The characters of a mineral observed by the use of the blowpipe, as the degree of fusibility, flame coloration, etc. [1913 Webster]

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  • pyrognostics — [pī΄räg näs′tiks] pl.n. [< PYRO + Gr gnostikos, knowing (see GNOSTIC) + ICS] the characteristics of a mineral, including fusibility and flame coloration, as determined by a blowpipe …   English World dictionary

  • pyrognostics — /puy reuhg nos tiks/, n.pl. those properties of a mineral that it exhibits when heated, alone or with fluxes, in the blowpipe flame, as the fusibility, intumescence, or other phenomena of fusion, flame coloration, etc. [1840 50; PYRO + GNOST(IC)… …   Universalium

  • pyrognostics — noun The characteristics of a substance, especially of a mineral or metal salt, that are revealed by heat, especially by the use of a blowpipe and a charcoal block. See Also: pyrognostic …   Wiktionary

  • pyrognostics — py·rog·nos·tics …   English syllables

  • pyrognostics — /paɪrɒgˈnɒstɪks/ (say puyrog nostiks) plural noun those properties of a mineral which it exhibits when heated, alone or with fluxes, in the blowpipe flame, as the fusibility, intumescence, or other phenomena of fusion, flame colouration, etc.… …   Australian English dictionary

  • pyrognostics — ˌ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ˈ ̷ ̷stiks noun plural but singular or plural in construction : the characteristics (as the degree of fusibility or the flame coloration) of a mineral observed by the use of the blowpipe * * * /puy reuhg nos tiks/, n.pl. those properties …   Useful english dictionary

  • pyrognostic — adjective of, relating to, or revealed by pyrognostics …   Wiktionary

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