Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A soft mica having a green hue and a high iron content.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A blueish-green form of mica.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A green earthy silicate of iron, magnesium, and potassium, first described from cavities in amygdaloid near Verona: hence called green earth of Verona.

Etymologies

From French celadon ("sea-green") +‎ -ite (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • An opaque calcite of a grass-green colour, occurring as large cleavage masses in central India and known as hislopite, owes its colour to enclosed "green-earth" (glauconite and celadonite).

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 4 "Bulgaria" to "Calgary"

  • I could have called out and initiated a deep argument about crushed malachite (which is so expensive) as against green earth celadonite (which fades), but who wants to start libelling "Appian green 'with a painter who is known to thump people?

    A Body In The Bath House

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