chiastolite

[ kahy-as-tl-ahyt ]
/ kaɪˈæs tlˌaɪt /

noun

a variety of the mineral andalusite having cruciform carbonaceous inclusions.

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Origin of chiastolite

1795–1805; alteration of chiastolith (see -lite), equivalent to Greek chiastó(s) set crosswise (see chiasma) + -lith

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British Dictionary definitions for chiastolite

chiastolite
/ (kaɪˈæstəˌlaɪt) /

noun

a variety of andalusite containing carbon impuritiesAlso called: macle

Word Origin for chiastolite

C19: from German Chiastolith, from Greek khiastos crossed, marked with a chi + lithos stone
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