- a mineral, calcium aluminum garnet, Ca3Al2Si3O12, occurring in gray-white to pinkish crystals.
Also gros·su·lar [gros-yuh-ler] /ˈgrɒs yə lər/.
Origin of grossularite
1840–50; < New Latin grossulār(ia) gooseberry (irregular < French groseille) + -ite1
Also called gooseberry garnet.
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Grossularite is almost always found in crystalline limestone.
If calcium be united with these two the variety of garnet known as grossularite, or essonite, or cinnamon stone, is produced.
- a green or greenish-grey garnet, used as a gemstone. Formula: Ca 3 Al 2 (SiO 4) 3Also called: gooseberry stone
Word Origin for grossularite
C19: from New Latin grossulāria gooseberry, from Old French grosele + -ite 1
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