- a fibrous variety of serpentine; asbestos.
Origin of chrysotile
1840–50; chryso- + Greek tílos something plucked
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This is as good a description of chrysotile as can be found anywhere.Asbestos
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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
C20: from chryso- + Greek tilos something plucked, shred, thread, from tillein to pluck
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