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

  • n. A generally green or black secondary mineral, (Mg,Fe,Al)6(Si,Al)4O10(OH)8, often formed by metamorphic alteration of primary dark rock minerals, that appears as a spot of green and resembles mica.
  • n. The inorganic group ClO2 or a salt containing it.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A dark green mineral resembling serpentine, being a mixed silicate of magnesium, iron and aluminium.
  • n. Any salt of chlorous acid.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The name of a group of minerals, usually of a green color and micaceous to granular in structure. They are hydrous silicates of alumina, iron, and magnesia.
  • n. Any salt of chlorous acid.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The name of a group of minerals, most of which have a grass-green to olive-green color, and a micaceous structure.
  • n. In chem., a salt of chlorous acid. The chlorites are remarkable for their strong bleaching and oxidizing properties.

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

  • n. a generally green or black mineral; it occurs as a constituent of many rocks typically in the form of a flat crystal

Etymologies

Latin chlōrītis, a green precious stone, from Greek khlōrītis, from khlōros, green.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek χλωρῖτις. (Wiktionary)

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