forsterite

[ fawr-stuh-rahyt ]
/ ˈfɔr stəˌraɪt /

noun Mineralogy.

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

Nearby words

  1. forspent,
  2. forssmann,
  3. forssmann, werner,
  4. forster,
  5. forster, e. m.,
  6. forstner bit,
  7. forswear,
  8. forsworn,
  9. forsyth,
  10. forsythia

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

forsterite

/ (ˈfɔːstəˌraɪt) /

noun

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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Science definitions for forsterite

forsterite

[ fôrstə-rīt′ ]

See under olivine.
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