American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A mineral silicate of iron and magnesium, principally (Mg, Fe)2SiO4, found in igneous and metamorphic rocks and used as a structural material in refractories and in cements. Also called chrysolite.
- n. mineralogy, geology Any of a group of olive green magnesium-iron silicate minerals that crystallize in the orthorhombic system.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Min.) A common name of the yellowish green mineral chrysolite, esp. the variety found in eruptive rocks. It is a silicate of magnesium and iron ((Mg,Fe)SiO4).
- n. a mineral consisting of magnesium iron silicate; a source of magnesium
- From olive + -in, later remodelled after -ine. (Wiktionary)
- olive (from its color) + -ine1. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The mineral most subject to this serpentinization process is called olivine—also known in its gemstone form as peridot—and it is common on Mars.”
“And there's a mineral called olivine, which is very, very susceptible to being altered by water and changed into other compounds, but there is a lot of olivine on Mars, and that would indicate, well, maybe there wasn't water because there shouldn't be so much olivine there if there was an ocean.”
“In them are found the beautiful olive-green crystals of the mineral called olivine, sometimes used by jewellers.”
“I found a mass of crystals of the greenish volcanic glass, called olivine, imbedded in a piece of phonolite which looked as blue and fresh as if only quarried yesterday.”
“They are composed of roughly equal amounts of iron-nickel alloy and a green-brown-coloured silicate mineral called olivine and are thought to come from deep within asteroids.”
“What Spitzer observed was a sort of perpetual crystalline rainstorm made of a bright green mineral of a class called olivine, pouring down on the infant star.”
“The mineral, called olivine, is deemed to be a telltale of mantle, the deep inner layer of iron - and magnesium-rich rock that lies beneath the Moon's crust.”
“But the referenced comments above referred specifically to olivine, which is (Mg, Fe) SiO4, which could sequester a mass of C per unit mass rock similar to that for carbonates** as calculated above if the Fe can be used.”
“The team found the dust contains a glassy silicate material similar to olivine, which is common on Earth and has also been seen on the Moon and Mars.”
“All eight white dwarf systems observed showed signatures of a glassy silicate mineral similar to olivine, which is common on Earth.”
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