noun Mineralogy.

the magnesium end member, Mg2SiO4, of the olivine group.

Origin of forsterite

1815–25; named after J. R. Forster (1729–98), German naturalist; see -ite1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for forsterite



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

Word Origin for forsterite

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



See under olivine.
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