From the German words horn, a possible reference color of horn, and blenden, meaning "to deceive," because it resembles some metallic ores.
Description and Occurrence
Hornblende generally forms as stubby, prismatic crystals. It can also occur in massive, compact, granular, columnar, or fibrous habits. Its color ranges from green to greenish-brown to black. A common rock-forming mineral, hornblende can be found in granite, basalt, diorite, schist, and gneiss.
Although hornblende is a common mineral that is found in various rock types, it has almost no commercial value.
Field Notes: Hornblende is generally a greenish-black color and cleaves at 60° and 120° angles. It is sometimes mistaken for black tourmaline, but tourmaline cleaves poorly.