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[kris-uh-lahyt] /ˈkrɪs əˌlaɪt/
noun, Mineralogy.
Origin of chrysolite
1250-1300; Middle English < Latin chrȳsolithus < Greek chrȳsólithos, equivalent to chrȳso- chryso- + líthos stone; see -lite
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[kris-uh-lit-ik] /ˌkrɪs əˈlɪt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • chrysolite (peridot, or olivine) was regarded in Shakespeare's time and earlier as of exceptional rarity.

    Shakespeare and Precious Stones George Frederick Kunz
  • There are temples of chrysolite with domes of blue crystal, which imitate the firmament.

    The Tour Louis Couperus
  • The first of the fourth row was a chrysolite, the next was an onyx, and then a beryl, which was the last of all.

    The Antiquities of the Jews Flavius Josephus
  • Is not the chrysolite, the symbol of wisdom, a very exact image of the Sedes Sapientiae?

    The Cathedral Joris-Karl Huysmans
  • Many writers, for instance, have called the gold and chrysolite of the Holy City a vulgar lump of jewellery.

  • The emerald, chrysolite, and garnet, are almost instantly melted into an opake and coloured glass.

    Elements of Chemistry, Antoine Lavoisier
  • On its forehead was a chrysolite, and its breasts were smeared with myrrh and cinnamon.

  • It was the one ring Barbara had worn as a girl, a chrysolite set plainly in a band of gold.

    Paul Kelver Jerome Klapka, AKA Jerome K. Jerome
  • The topaz and chrysolite were reported to lose their brilliancy when placed in liquid that contains poison.

    The Heritage of Dress Wilfred Mark Webb
  • Certain stones, notably the peridot (or chrysolite) and the hessonite (or cinnamon stone), have an oily luster.

British Dictionary definitions for chrysolite


another name for olivine
Derived Forms
chrysolitic (ˌkrɪsəˈlɪtɪk) adjective
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