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chrysotile

[ kris-uh-til ]

noun

, Mineralogy.
  1. a fibrous variety of serpentine; asbestos.


chrysotile

/ ˈkrɪsətɪl /

noun

  1. 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


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Word History and Origins

Origin of chrysotile1

1840–50; chryso- + Greek tílos something plucked
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Word History and Origins

Origin of chrysotile1

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

I found there, however, a piece of unmistakable chrysotile, grouped amongst a miscellaneous lot of American minerals.

Crocidolite or blue asbestos is similar to chrysotile but somewhat inferior in fire-resisting qualities.

In Arizona chrysotile is found in veins in cherty limestone, associated with diabase intrusives.

Asbestos consists mostly of magnesium silicate minerals—chrysotile, anthophyllite, and crocidolite.

Mineralogically it is distinct from chrysotile, which is used for similar purposes.

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