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[woo l-uh-stuh-nahyt]
  1. a mineral, calcium silicate, CaSiO3, occurring usually in fibrous white masses.
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Origin of wollastonite

1815–25; named after W. H. Wollaston; see -ite1
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Historical Examples of wollastonite

  • The Liassic beds are often metamorphosed and the limestones contain garnet and wollastonite.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 2


British Dictionary definitions for wollastonite


  1. a white or grey mineral consisting of calcium silicate in triclinic crystalline form: occurs in metamorphosed limestones. Formula: CaSiO 3
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Word Origin for wollastonite

C19: named after W. H. Wollaston (1766–1828), English physicist
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wollastonite in Science


  1. A white to gray triclinic or monoclinic mineral found in metamorphic rocks and used in ceramics, paints, plastics, and cements. Chemical formula: CaSiO3.
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