a mineral, basic iron aluminum silicate, Fe 2 Al 2 O 7 (SiO 4 ) 4 (OH), occurring in brown to black prismatic crystals, which are often twinned in the form of a cross.

1790–1800; < Greek stauró(s) a cross + -lite

staurolitic [stawr-uh-lit-ik] , adjective Unabridged
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staurolite (ˈstɔːrəˌlaɪt)
a brown glassy mineral consisting of iron aluminium silicate in the form of prismatic crystals: used as a gemstone. Formula: Fe2Al9Si4O11(OH)2
[C19: from Greek stauros a cross + -lite]

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staurolite   (stou'rə-līt')  Pronunciation Key 
A brownish to black orthorhombic mineral, often having crossed intergrown crystals and found in mica schists and gneisses. Chemical formula: (FeMg)2Al9Si4O23(OH).
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The source of the garnet is quartz-garnet-mica-staurolite schist that forms a portion of the walls of the canyon.
Rare minerals such as garnets, sillimanite, staurolite or andalusite can be common in places.
Rare minerals such as garnets, staurolite, or sillimanite can be abundant locally.
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