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[woo l-uh-stuh-nahyt] /ˈwʊl ə stəˌnaɪt/
a mineral, calcium silicate, CaSiO 3 , occurring usually in fibrous white masses.
1815-25; named after W. H. Wollaston; see -ite1 Unabridged
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a white or grey mineral consisting of calcium silicate in triclinic crystalline form: occurs in metamorphosed limestones. Formula: CaSiO3
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C19: named after W. H. Wollaston (1766–1828), English physicist
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wollastonite in Science
A white to gray triclinic or monoclinic mineral found in metamorphic rocks and used in ceramics, paints, plastics, and cements. Chemical formula: CaSiO3.
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Encyclopedia Article for wollastonite

white, glassy silicate mineral that commonly occurs as masses or tabular crystals with other calcium-containing silicates (e.g., diopside, tremolite, garnet, and epidote) in metamorphosed limestones. Deposits are found in Ciclova Romina, Rom.; Monte Somma, Italy; and Pargas, Fin. Occurrences in the United States include Utah; Isle Royale, Mich.; Riverside, Calif.; and Essex county, N.Y., where it is mined. For detailed physical properties, see silicate mineral (table)

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