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Any of a large group of structurally similar silicate minerals, such as hornblende, that have a crystalline structure consisting of a double chain of linked SiO4 units and that contain various combinations of sodium, calcium, magnesium, iron, and aluminum. Several varieties of asbestos are fibrous forms of amphiboles.
[French, from Late Latin amphibolus, ambiguous, from Greek amphibolos, doubtful, from amphiballein, to throw on either side : amphi-, amphi- + ballein, to throw; see gwelə- in Indo-European roots.]
am′phi·bol′ic (-bŏl′ĭk) adj.
(Minerals) any of a large group of minerals consisting of the silicates of calcium, iron, magnesium, sodium, and aluminium, usually in the form of long slender dark-coloured crystals. Members of the group, including hornblende, actinolite, and tremolite, are common constituents of igneous rocks
[C17: from French, from Greek amphibolos uncertain; so called from the large number of varieties in the group]
any of a complex group of hydrous silicate minerals, containing chiefly calcium, magnesium, sodium, iron, and aluminum, and including hornblende, tremolite, asbestos, etc., occurring as important constituents of many rocks.
[1600–10; < French < Late Latin amphibolus < Greek amphíbolos thrown on both sides, ambiguous =amphi- amphi- + -bolos, derivative of bállein to throw]
Any of a large group of minerals composed of a silicate joined to various metals, such as calcium, magnesium, iron, or sodium. Hornblende is a mineral of the amphibole group.
Any of a group of rock-forming ferromagnesian silicates.
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|Noun||1.||amphibole - a mineral or mineral variety belonging to the amphibole group|
mineral - solid homogeneous inorganic substances occurring in nature having a definite chemical composition
amphibole group - a group of minerals with similar crystal structures containing a silicate chain and combinations of chiefly sodium and calcium and magnesium and iron and aluminum
amphibolite - a metamorphic rock composed chiefly of amphibole and plagioclase
nephrite - an amphibole mineral consisting of calcium magnesium silicate in monoclinic crystalline form; a source of jade that is less valuable than from jadeite; once believed to cure kidney disorders
actinolite - a green mineral of the amphibole group; calcium magnesium iron silicate
anthophyllite - a dark brown mineral of the amphibole group; magnesium iron silicate
asbestos - a fibrous amphibole; used for making fireproof articles; inhaling fibers can cause asbestosis or lung cancer
hornblende - a green to black mineral of the amphibole group; consists of silicates of calcium and sodium and magnesium and iron