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n. pl. rhom·bo·he·drons or rhom·bo·he·dra (-drə)
A prism with six faces, each a rhombus.


n, pl -drons or -dra (-drə)
(Mathematics) a six-sided prism whose sides are parallelograms
[C19: from rhombus + -hedron]


(ˌrɒm bəˈhi drən)

n., pl. -drons, -dra (-drə).
a solid bounded by six rhombic planes.
[1830–40; < Greek rhómbo(s) rhombus + -hedron]
rhom`bo•he′dral, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.rhombohedron - a parallelepiped bounded by six similar faces (either rhombuses or parallelograms)rhombohedron - a parallelepiped bounded by six similar faces (either rhombuses or parallelograms)
parallelepiped, parallelepipedon, parallelopiped, parallelopipedon - a prism whose bases are parallelograms
hexahedron - any polyhedron having six plane faces
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Not only could Hauy cleave a calcite scalenohedron down until the rhombohedron emerged, but he could also derive the scalenohedral shape by stacking up tiny rhombohedrons in parallel (Hauy, 1801).
And then there was the very pleasant surprise of seeing large, beautiful, newly collected quartz crystal clusters containing baby-blue clouds and puffballs of ajoite under the terminal rhombohedron faces, these having been found 3 meters or so below the surface in one of the mines of the famous Messina district, Limpopo (formerly Transvaal), South Africa.