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  • n. Any of several zeolite minerals that occur in basaltic rocks.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A mineral of the zeolite group which occurs in rhombohedral crystals of a white or flesh-red color.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a group of minerals of the zeolite family consisting of a hydrous silicate of calcium and aluminum

Etymologies

From French chabasie, coined by Louis-Augustin Bosc d'Antic from Ancient Greek χαβάζιος (khabazios), apparently an error for χαλάζιος (khalazios, "a kind of precious stone") (which is probably from χάλαζα (khalaza, "hail"), due to looking like a hailstone), one of twenty species of stones mentioned in the poem ascribed to Orpheus. (Wiktionary)

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