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chiastolite

[kahy-as-tl-ahyt] /kaɪˈæs tlˌaɪt/
noun
1.
a variety of the mineral andalusite having cruciform carbonaceous inclusions.
Origin
1795-1805
1795-1805; alteration of chiastolith (see -lite), equivalent to Greek chiastó(s) set crosswise (see chiasma) + -lith
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  • Some of the crystals show a cross pattern and dark center typical of the chiastolite variety.
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chiastolite

/kaɪˈæstəˌlaɪt/
noun
1.
a variety of andalusite containing carbon impurities Also called macle
Word Origin
C19: from German Chiastolith, from Greek khiastos crossed, marked with a chi + lithos stone
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