From Old French crisolite, from Medieval Latin crisolitus, Latin chrȳsolithus, from Ancient Greek χρῡσόλιθος (khrūsólithos), from χρῡσός (khrūsós, “gold”) + λίθος (líthos, “stone”). Surface analysis chryso- (“pertaining to gold”) + -lite (“pertaining to rocks, minerals”).
- (mineralogy) Originally, any of various green-coloured gems; later specifically peridot.
- 1621, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy, Oxford: Printed by Iohn Lichfield and Iames Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 216894069; The Anatomy of Melancholy: […], 2nd corrected and augmented edition, Oxford: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, 1624, OCLC 54573970, partition II, section 4, member 1, subsection iii:
- Fran. Rueus […] say as much of the chrysolite, a friend of wisdome, an enemy to folly.
- 1920, H. P. Lovecraft, The Doom that Came to Sarnath:
- And before he died, Taran-Ish had scrawled upon the altar of chrysolite with coarse shaky strokes the sign of DOOM.
- “Chrysolite” in David Barthelmy, Webmineral Mineralogy Database, 1997–.
- “chrysolite”, in Mindat.org, Hudson Institute of Mineralogy, accessed 29 August 2016.
chrysolite f (plural chrysolites)
- (mineralogy) chrysolite [from c. 1600]