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[Middle English crisolite, from Old French, from Medieval Latin crīsolitus, from Latin chrȳsolithus, from Greek khrūsolithos, topaz : khrūso-, chryso- + lithos, stone.]


(Minerals) another name for olivine
chrysolitic adj


(ˈɒl əˌvin, ˌɒl əˈvin)

any of a group of magnesium iron silicates, (Mg,Fe)2SiO4, occurring in olive-green to gray-green masses as an important constituent of basic igneous rocks. Also called chrysolite.
[1785–95; < German Olivin=Olive olive + -in -ine2]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.chrysolite - a brown or yellow-green olivine found in igneous and metamorphic rocks and used as a gemstonechrysolite - a brown or yellow-green olivine found in igneous and metamorphic rocks and used as a gemstone
olivine - a mineral consisting of magnesium iron silicate; a source of magnesium
peridot - a pale green variety of chrysolite; used as a gemstone
transparent gem - a gemstone having the property of transmitting light without serious diffusion
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The place he found beyond expression bright, Compar'd with aught on Earth, Medal or Stone; Not all parts like, but all alike informd Which radiant light, as glowing Iron with fire; If mettal, part seemd Gold, part Silver cleer; If stone, Carbuncle most or Chrysolite, Rubie or Topaz, to the Twelve that shon In AARONS Brest-plate, and a stone besides Imagind rather oft then elsewhere seen, That stone, or like to that which here below Philosophers in vain so long have sought, In vain, though by thir powerful Art they binde Volatil HERMES, and call up unbound In various shapes old PROTEUS from the Sea, Draind through a Limbec to his Native forme.
In Lodge's strange romance A Margarite of America, it was stated that in the chamber of the queen one could behold "all the chaste ladies of the world, inchased out of silver, looking through fair mirrours of chrysolites, carbuncles, sapphires, and greene emeraults.
There is a ban on crocidolite or blue asbestos and amosite or brown asbestos while the use of chrysolite or white asbestos is not banned and permitted in high density products as fire proofing, clothing, roofing felts or related products, asbestos cement roofing and flat sheet, friction materials, high temperature textile products etc.
Ezekiel's mystical vision of God in the Old Testament, for example, is a breathless account of a space invasion, or possibly a stargate: "The wheels glittered as if made of chrysolite.
This time as the softer light, the shape all light is compared to the stars in the light of the sun, as Shelley says, "And the fair shape waned in the coming light / As veil by veil the silent splendour drops / From Lucifer, amid the chrysolite // 'Of sunrise" (412-15).
95-8) The merchants brought him steatite from Sidon in their painted ships: The meanest cup that touched his lips was fashioned from a chrysolite.
The habitual feeling of the love of life may be compared to 'one entire and perfect chrysolite,' which, if analysed, breaks into a thousand shining fragments.
Many small scale mining operations that emerged during the pre-independence period--for manganese, chrysolite asbestos, talc and semi-precious stones--did not prove sustainable and had all ceased operations by 1971, Botswana's fifth birthday.
30) In another tradition, we are told on the authority of Ibn 'Abbas that "Allah's Messenger said: "God created a Tablet from a white pearl (durra bayda' the two sides of which are made of a green chrysolite (zubar jadda khadra'), and the writing on it is of light.