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chiastolite

[ kahy-as-tl-ahyt ]

noun

  1. a variety of the mineral andalusite having cruciform carbonaceous inclusions.


chiastolite

/ kaɪˈæstəˌlaɪt /

noun

  1. a variety of andalusite containing carbon impurities Also calledmacle


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Word History and Origins

Origin of chiastolite1

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

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Word History and Origins

Origin of chiastolite1

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

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Example Sentences

The rocks consist of a clay-slate, with crystals resembling chiastolite and crystals of sulphide of iron interspersed.

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