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A green, brown, yellow, or blue metamorphic silicate mineral, Ca10Mg2Al4(SiO4)5(Si2O7)2(OH)4. Also called idocrase.
[First found in old lava on MountVesuvius.]
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(Minerals) a green, brown, or yellow mineral consisting of a hydrated silicate of calcium, magnesium, iron, and aluminium: it occurs as tetragonal crystals in limestones and is used as a gemstone. Formula: Ca10(Mg,Fe)2Al4Si9O34(OH)4. Also called: idocrase or vesuvian
[C19: first found in the lava of Vesuvius]
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ve•su•vi•an•ite(vəˈsu vi əˌnaɪt)
a brown to green, glossy mineral, hydrous calcium aluminum silicate; idocrase.
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|Noun||1.||vesuvianite - a green or yellow or brown mineral consisting of a hydrated silicate; it occurs as crystals in limestone and is used a gemstone|
mineral - solid homogeneous inorganic substances occurring in nature having a definite chemical composition
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