Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A borosilicate of calcium, occurring most commonly in brilliant glassy crystals, which are colorless or of a pale-green tint, white, grayish, or red; also in a white, opaque, massive form, looking like porcelain, and in radiated columnar form with botryoidal surface (the variety botryolite). It is found in Norway, the Tyrol, and Italy, and in fine crystals in New Jersey, Connecticut, and the Lake Superior mining-region. Haytorite is a pseudomorph of chalcedony after datolite. Also datholite, humboldtite.
- n. mineralogy A borosilicate of lime commonly occurring in glassy, greenish crystals, with the chemical formula CaBSiO4(OH).
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Min.) A borosilicate of lime commonly occuring in glassy,, greenish crystals.
- From Ancient Greek δατέομαι (dateomai, "I divide") + -lite; in allusion to the granular structure of a massive variety. (Wiktionary)
“The element boron is present in various complex boro-silicates, such as datolite and tourmaline, the latter of which is used as a precious stone”
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