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[sahy-kluh-sil-i-kit, -keyt] /ˌsaɪ kləˈsɪl ɪ kɪt, -ˌkeɪt/
noun, Mineralogy
any silicate in which the SiO 4 tetrahedra are linked to form rings.
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Encyclopedia Article for cyclosilicate

compound with a structure in which silicate tetrahedrons (a central silicon atom surrounded by four oxygen atoms at the corners of a tetrahedron) are arranged in rings. Each tetrahedron shares two of its oxygen atoms with other tetrahedrons; the rings formed may have three (e.g., benitoite), four (e.g., axinite), or six members (e.g., beryl). The cyclosilicates have chemical formulas that contain multiples of SiO3.

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