from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. See olivine.
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- n. Originally, any of various green-coloured gems; later specifically olivine.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A mineral, composed of silica, magnesia, and iron, of a yellow to green color. It is common in certain volcanic rocks; -- called also olivine and peridot. Sometimes used as a gem. The name was also early used for yellow varieties of tourmaline and topaz.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A silicate of magnesium and iron, commonly of a yellow or green color, and varying from transparent to translucent.
- n. Goldstone. See aventurin, 1.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a brown or yellow-green olivine found in igneous and metamorphic rocks and used as a gemstone
Middle English crisolite, from Old French, from Medieval Latin crīsolitus, from Latin chrȳsolithus, from Greek khrūsolithos, topaz : khrūso-, chryso- + lithos, stone.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French crisolite, from Medieval Latin crisolitus, Latin chrysolithus, from Ancient Greek χρῡσόλιθος, from χρῡσός ("gold") + λίθος ("stone"). (Wiktionary)