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cristobalite

[ kri-stoh-buh-lahyt ]
/ krɪˈstoʊ bəˌlaɪt /
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noun Mineralogy.
a polymorph of quartz occurring in volcanic rock in the form of colorless, translucent crystals.
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Origin of cristobalite

1885–90; named after San Cristóbal, a hill near Pachuca de Soto, Mexico; see -ite1

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British Dictionary definitions for cristobalite

cristobalite
/ (krɪsˈtəʊbəˌlaɪt) /

noun
a white microcrystalline mineral consisting of silica and occurring in volcanic rocks. Formula: SiO 2

Word Origin for cristobalite

C19: from German, named after Cerro San Cristóbal, Mexico, where it was discovered
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