[ skol-uh-sahyt, skoh-luh- ]
/ ˈskɒl əˌsaɪt, ˈskoʊ lə- /


a monoclinic white zeolite mineral, a hydrous calcium aluminum silicate, CaAl2Si3O10 3H2O, occurring in masses and in needle-shaped crystals.

Origin of scolecite

1815–25; < Greek skōlēk- (stem of skṓlēx) scolex + -ite1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for scolecite

  • This “vermiform body” of M. Woronin has since come to be recognized under the name of “scolecite.”

    Fungi: Their Nature and Uses|Mordecai Cubitt Cooke
  • Tulasne observes that this “scolecite” or ringed body can be readily isolated in Ascobolus furfuraceus.

    Fungi: Their Nature and Uses|Mordecai Cubitt Cooke

British Dictionary definitions for scolecite


/ (ˈskɒlɪˌsaɪt, ˈskəʊl-) /


a white zeolite mineral consisting of hydrated calcium aluminium silicate in groups of radiating monoclinic crystals. Formula: CaAl 2 Si 3 O 10 .3H 2 O

Word Origin for scolecite

C19: scolec- from Greek skōlēx scolex + -ite 1
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