[ak-tin-l-ahyt, ak-tuh-nl-]

Origin of actinolite

First recorded in 1825–35; actino- + -lite
Related formsac·tin·o·lit·ic [ak-tin-l-it-ik, ak-tuh-nl-] /ækˌtɪn lˈɪt ɪk, ˌæk tə nl-/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for actinolite


  1. a green mineral of the amphibole group consisting of calcium magnesium iron silicate. Formula: Ca 2 (Mg,Fe) 5 Si 8 O 22 (OH) 2

Word Origin for actinolite

C19: from actino- (from the radiating crystals in some forms) + -lite
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actinolite in Science


  1. A greenish variety of amphibole. Actinolite is a monoclinic mineral, and occurs in long, slender, green needlelike crystals, or in fibrous, radiated forms in metamorphic rocks. Chemical formula: Ca2(Mg,Fe)5Si8O22OH2.
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