- a fibrous variety of serpentine; asbestos.
Origin of chrysotile
Examples from the Web for chrysotile
Historical Examples of chrysotile
This is as good a description of chrysotile as can be found anywhere.Asbestos
Robert H. Jones
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.
Mineralogically it is distinct from chrysotile, which is used for similar purposes.
- 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