noun Mineralogy.
  1. a yellow-green fibrous magnesium silicate, an orthorhombic pyroxene found in norites containing less than five percent ferrous oxide.

Origin of enstatite

1855–60; < Greek enstát(ēs) adversary + -ite1
Related formsen·sta·tit·ic [en-stuh-tit-ik] /ˌɛn stəˈtɪt ɪk/, adjective
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  1. a grey, green, yellow, or brown pyroxene mineral consisting of magnesium silicate in orthorhombic crystalline form. Formula: Mg 2 Si 2 O 6

Word Origin for enstatite

C19: from Greek enstatēs adversary (referring to its refractory quality) + -ite 1
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enstatite in Science


  1. A glassy, usually yellowish gray orthorhombic variety of pyroxene. It is usually found in igneous rocks and meteorites. Chemical formula: Mg2Si2O6.
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