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noun Mineralogy.
  1. the magnesium end member, Mg2SiO4, of the olivine group.
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Origin of forsterite

1815–25; named after J. R. Forster (1729–98), German naturalist; see -ite1
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British Dictionary definitions for forsterite


  1. a white, yellow, or green mineral of the olivine group consisting of magnesium silicate. Formula: Mg 2 SiO 4
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Word Origin

C19: named after J. R. Forster (1729–98), German naturalist
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forsterite in Science


  1. See under olivine.
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