zoisite

zoisite

[zoi-sahyt]
noun Mineralogy.
an orthorhombic dimorph of clinozoisite.

Origin:
1795–1805; named after Baron S. Zois von Edelstein (1747–1819), Slovenian nobleman who discovered it; see -ite1

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zoisite (ˈzɔɪˌsaɪt)
 
n
a grey, brown, or pink mineral consisting of hydrated calcium aluminium silicate in orthorhombic crystalline form. Formula: Ca2Al3(SiO4)3(OH)
 
[C19: from German Zoisit; named after Baron Sigismund Zois von Edelstein (1747--1819), Slovenian nobleman; see -ite1]

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zoisite

silicate mineral, calcium and aluminum silicate, Ca2Al3(SiO4)3OH, characteristic of regional metamorphism and of hydrothermal alteration of igneous rocks. A member of the epidote (q.v.) group of nesosilicates, zoisite occurs as white, green-brown, or gray crystals or masses in crystalline schists, often with amphibole minerals; in metamorphosed calcareous shales; very commonly in argillaceous (clayey) calcareous sandstones; and less commonly in thermally metamorphosed limestone. Occurrences include Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Mexico, Scotland, and the United States (Massachusetts). Thulite, a manganous variety from Telemark, Nor., and Piedmont, Italy, is pink; tanzanite, a gem variety from Tanzania, is vivid blue. Zoisite has the same chemical formula as clinozoisite but has a different crystal structure. For detailed physical properties, see silicate mineral (table)

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