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noun Mineralogy.
  1. a bluish, asbestine variety of riebeckite.
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Origin of crocidolite

1825–35; < Greek krokid- (stem of krokís) nap, wool + -o- + -lite
Also called blue asbestos.
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Historical Examples of crocidolite

  • Crocidolite, kro-sid′o-līt, n. a mineral consisting mainly of silicate of iron, in asbestos-like fibres.

    Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 1 of 4: A-D)


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

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

  • At this exhibition I found a splendid display of crocidolite, the sight of which well repaid the visit.


    Robert H. Jones

British Dictionary definitions for crocidolite


  1. a blue fibrous amphibole mineral consisting of sodium iron silicate: a variety of asbestos used in cement products and pressure piping
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Word Origin for crocidolite

C19: from Greek krokis nap on woollen cloth + -lite
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