tremolite

[ trem-uh-lahyt ]
/ ˈtrɛm əˌlaɪt /
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noun Mineralogy.

a white or grayish variety of amphibole, Ca2Mg5Si8O22(OH)2, usually occurring in bladed crystals.

Nearby words

  1. trembly,
  2. tremendous,
  3. tremie,
  4. tremissis,
  5. tremolant,
  6. tremolitic,
  7. tremolo,
  8. tremolo arm,
  9. tremor,
  10. tremulant

Origin of tremolite

1790–1800; named after Tremola, valley in Switzerland; see -ite1

Related formstrem·o·lit·ic [trem-uh-lit-ik] /ˈtrɛm əˈlɪt ɪk/, adjective

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Examples from the Web for tremolite

  • The true asbestos, however, he says, is a fibrous variety of tremolite or hornblende.

    Asbestos|Robert H. Jones


British Dictionary definitions for tremolite

tremolite

/ (ˈtrɛməˌlaɪt) /

noun

a white or pale green mineral of the amphibole group consisting of calcium magnesium silicate. When occurring in fibrous habit, it is used as a form of asbestos. Formula: Ca 2 (Mg,Fe) 5 Si 8 O 22 (OH) 2

Word Origin for tremolite

C18: from Tremola, name of Swiss valley where it was found + -ite

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