1 [klawr-ahyt, klohr-]
a group of minerals, hydrous silicates of aluminum, ferrous iron, and magnesium, occurring in green platelike crystals or scales.

1595–1605; chlor-1 + -ite1

chloritic [klaw-rit-ik, kloh-] , adjective Unabridged


2 [klawr-ahyt, klohr-] ,
a salt of chlorous acid, as potassium chlorite, KClO 2 .

1850–55; chlor-2 + -ite1 Unabridged
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chlorite1 (ˈklɔːraɪt)
any of a group of green soft secondary minerals consisting of the hydrated silicates of aluminium, iron, and magnesium in monoclinic crystalline form: common in metamorphic rocks
[C18: from Latin chlōrītis precious stone of a green colour, from Greek khlōritis, from khlōros greenish yellow]

chlorite2 (ˈklɔːraɪt)
any salt of chlorous acid, containing the monovalent ion ClO2--

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chlorite chlo·rite2 (klôr'īt')

  1. A salt of chlorous acid.

  2. The inorganic group ClO2 or a salt containing it.

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chlorite 1   (klôr'īt')  Pronunciation Key 
A usually green or black, flaky mineral that looks like mica. Chlorite is either monoclinic or triclinic and occurs in low-grade metamorphic rocks (rocks that have undergone little metamorphism). It often forms by the alteration of dark minerals (often rich in iron and magnesium) during metamorphism. Chemical formula: (Mg,Fe,Al)6(Si,Al)4O10(OH)8.
chlorite 2   (klôr'īt')  Pronunciation Key 
A salt containing the group ClO2.
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