selenite

[sel-uh-nahyt, si-lee-nahyt]

Origin of selenite

1560–70; < Latin selēnītēs < Greek selēnī́tēs líthos moonstone; see Selene, -ite1
Related formssel·e·nit·ic [sel-uh-nit-ik] /ˌsɛl əˈnɪt ɪk/, sel·e·nit·i·cal, adjective
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selenite

noun
  1. a colourless glassy variety of gypsum

Word Origin for selenite

C17: via Latin from Greek selēnitēs lithos moonstone, from selēnē moon; so called because it was believed to wax and wane with the moon
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