[ stawr-uh-lahyt ]
/ ˈstɔr əˌlaɪt /
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a mineral, basic iron aluminum silicate, Fe2Al2O7(SiO4)4(OH), occurring in brown to black prismatic crystals, which are often twinned in the form of a cross.
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Origin of staurolite
1790–1800; <Greek stauró(s) a cross + -lite
OTHER WORDS FROM staurolitestau·ro·lit·ic [stawr-uh-lit-ik], /ˌstɔr əˈlɪt ɪk/, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for staurolite
Kyanite and staurolite may also be mentioned as occasionally occurring.
British Dictionary definitions for staurolite
/ (ˈstɔːrəˌlaɪt) /
a brown glassy mineral consisting of iron aluminium silicate in the form of prismatic crystals: used as a gemstone. Formula: Fe 2 Al 9 Si 4 O 11 (OH) 2
Derived forms of staurolitestaurolitic (ˌstɔːrəˈlɪtɪk), adjective
Word Origin for staurolite
C19: from Greek stauros a cross + -lite
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Scientific definitions for staurolite
[ stou′rə-līt′ ]
A brownish to black orthorhombic mineral, often having crossed intergrown crystals and found in mica schists and gneisses. Chemical formula: (FeMg)2Al9Si4O23(OH).
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