chrysolite

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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).

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chrysolite (countable and uncountable, plural chrysolites)

  1. (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, (please specify |partition=1, 2, or 3):
      , II.4.1.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.

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From Latin chrȳsolithus, from Ancient Greek χρυσόλιθος (khrusólithos), from χρυσός (khrusós, gold) + λίθος (líthos, rock). See also Old French crisolite.

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chrysolite f (plural chrysolites)

  1. (mineralogy) chrysolite [from c. 1600]
    1. (obsolete) gems such as chrysoberyl, sapphire, topaz, or tourmaline (any of various gemstones with a golden, and especially greenish) tint [until 19th century]
    2. peridot, prehnite, or apatite

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chrȳsolite

  1. vocative singular of chrȳsolitus