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n.1.(Min.) A variety of amphibole or of pyroxene, occurring in long and delicate fibers, or in fibrous masses or seams, usually of a white, gray, or green-gray color. The name is also given to a similar variety of serpentine.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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