[kris-tl-in, -ahyn, -een]
Origin of crystalline
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- having the characteristics or structure of crystals
- consisting of or containing crystals
- made of or like crystal; transparent; clear
Word Origin and History for crystallinity
late 14c., from Old French cristalin "like crystal" (Modern French crystallin), from Latin crystallinus, from Greek krystallinos "of crystal," from krystallos (see crystal).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
crystalline(krĭs′tə-lĭn, -līn′, -lēn′)
- Being, relating to, or composed of crystal or crystals.
- Resembling crystal, as in transparency or distinctness of structure or outline.