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enstatite

[en-stuh-tahyt] /ˈɛn stəˌtaɪt/
noun, Mineralogy
1.
a yellow-green fibrous magnesium silicate, an orthorhombic pyroxene found in norites containing less than five percent ferrous oxide.
Origin
1855-1860
1855-60; < Greek enstát(ēs) adversary + -ite1
Related forms
enstatitic
[en-stuh-tit-ik] /ˌɛn stəˈtɪt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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enstatite

/ˈɛnstəˌtaɪt/
noun
1.
a grey, green, yellow, or brown pyroxene mineral consisting of magnesium silicate in orthorhombic crystalline form. Formula: Mg2Si2O6
Word Origin
C19: from Greek enstatēs adversary (referring to its refractory quality) + -ite1
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enstatite
  (ěn'stə-tīt')   
A glassy, usually yellowish gray orthorhombic variety of pyroxene. It is usually found in igneous rocks and meteorites. Chemical formula: Mg2Si2O6.
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