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axinite

[ak-suh-nahyt] /ˈæk səˌnaɪt/
noun
1.
a mineral, complex calcium and aluminum borosilicate, usually occurring in thin brown crystals.
Origin
1795-1805
1795-1805; < Greek axī́n(ē) ax + -ite1
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borosilicate mineral that occurs most commonly in contact metamorphic rocks and also in mafic igneous rocks. Particularly beautiful crystals occur at Le Bourg d'Oisans, Isere, France, and in San Diego County, Calif., U.S. Transparent axinite of the usual clove-brown colour is sometimes cut as a gem. For chemical formula and detailed physical properties, see silicate mineral (table)

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