from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A fibrous mineral variety of serpentine forming part of commercial asbestos.
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- n. A fibrous silicate mineral with the chemical formula Mg3(Si2O5)(OH)4; a form of serpentine asbestos.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The delicately fibrous variety of the mineral serpentine. It includes much that is called amiantus and asbestos.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a grey or green fibrous mineral; an important source of commercial asbestos
German Chrysotil : Greek khrūso-, chryso- + Greek tilos, something plucked (from tillein, to pluck).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)