coesite

[ koh-sahyt ]
/ ˈkoʊ saɪt /

noun Mineralogy.

a rare form of silicon dioxide, a denser polymorph of quartz, originally synthesized from quartz at high temperatures and pressures: later discovered in nature.

Nearby words

  1. coercimeter,
  2. coercion,
  3. coercive,
  4. coercive force,
  5. coercivity,
  6. coessential,
  7. coetaneous,
  8. coeternal,
  9. coeternity,
  10. coetzee

Compare stishovite.

Origin of coesite

1950–55; named after Loring Coes, Jr., 20th-century American who synthesized it; see -ite1

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