|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]|
chlorite chlo·rite2 (klôr'īt')
A salt of chlorous acid.
The inorganic group ClO2 or a salt containing it.
|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.