chrysotile

chrysotile

[kris-uh-til]
noun Mineralogy.
a fibrous variety of serpentine; asbestos.

Origin:
1840–50; chryso- + Greek tílos something plucked

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chrysotile (ˈkrɪsətɪl)
 
n
a green, grey, or white fibrous mineral, a variety of serpentine, that is an important source of commercial asbestos. Formula: Mg3Si2O5(OH)4
 
[C20: from chryso- + Greek tilos something plucked, shred, thread, from tillein to pluck]

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