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 (ăn′thə-fī′līt′, ăn′thŏf′ə-līt′)
A grayish, brownish, or greenish amphibole mineral, (Mg,Fe)7Si8O22(OH)2, having a fibrous form that is a variety of asbestos.

[German Anthophyllit : New Latin anthophyllus, mother of cloves (the fruit of the clove tree, formerly much used as an aromatic or candied), clove tree (from Greek anthos, flower + phullon, leaf; see bhel- in Indo-European roots) + German -it, -ite (the mineral being so named in 1801 by Danish naturalist Heinrich Christian Friedrich Schumacher (1757-1830) in reference to the clove-brown color of his specimen).]
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(ˌænθəʊˈfɪlaɪt; ænˈθɒfɪˌlaɪt)
(Minerals) a black or greenish-black mineral from the hornblende group, found in igneous and metamorphic rocks
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Noun1.anthophyllite - a dark brown mineral of the amphibole groupanthophyllite - a dark brown mineral of the amphibole group; magnesium iron silicate
amphibole - a mineral or mineral variety belonging to the amphibole group
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
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This amphibole differs from ferro-anthophyllite because it has a different space group.
Name: For the relationship to ferro-anthophyllite. Comments: IMA No.
with Cummingtonite, forms a series with Ferro-anthophyllite, Amphibole group, Can.