chrysotile

[ kris-uh-til ]
/ ˈkrɪs ə tɪl /

noun Mineralogy.

a fibrous variety of serpentine; asbestos.

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Origin of chrysotile

1840–50; chryso- + Greek tílos something plucked
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British Dictionary definitions for chrysotile

chrysotile
/ (ˈkrɪsətɪl) /

noun

a green, grey, or white fibrous mineral, a variety of serpentine, that is an important source of commercial asbestos. Formula: Mg 3 Si 2 O 5 (OH) 4

Word Origin for chrysotile

C20: from chryso- + Greek tilos something plucked, shred, thread, from tillein to pluck
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