Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Goldstone. See aventurin, 1.
  • noun A silicate of magnesium and iron, commonly of a yellow or green color, and varying from transparent to translucent.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Min.) A mineral, composed of silica, magnesia, and iron, of a yellow to green color. It is common in certain volcanic rocks; -- called also olivine and peridot. Sometimes used as a gem. The name was also early used for yellow varieties of tourmaline and topaz.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun mineralogy Originally, any of various green-coloured gems; later specifically olivine.

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

  • noun a brown or yellow-green olivine found in igneous and metamorphic rocks and used as a gemstone

Etymologies

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

[Middle English crisolite, from Old French, from Medieval Latin crīsolitus, from Latin chrȳsolithus, from Greek khrūsolithos, topaz : khrūso-, chryso- + lithos, stone.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old French crisolite, from Medieval Latin crisolitus, Latin chrysolithus, from Ancient Greek χρῡσόλιθος, from χρῡσός ("gold") + λίθος ("stone").

Examples

  • The term chrysolite is also sometimes incorrectly used for the greenish-yellow chrysoberyl.

    A Text-Book of Precious Stones for Jewelers and the Gem-Loving Public

  • Such stones are, however, sometimes incorrectly called "_chrysolite_" by the trade, and this practice should be corrected, as the term chrysolite applies correctly only to the mineral _olivine_ which gives us the

    A Text-Book of Precious Stones for Jewelers and the Gem-Loving Public

  • These mountains were supposed to go round the earth like a ring; they were thousands of miles in height, and they were made of the precious stone called chrysolite, which is of a green colour, and this colour, so the Persian poets say, is reflected in the green which we sometimes see in the sky at sunset.

    Fairy Tales; Their Origin and Meaning With Some Account of Dwellers in Fairyland

  • The yellowish-green chrysoberyls (which jewelers sometimes call chrysolite) come both from Ceylon and from Brazil.

    A Text-Book of Precious Stones for Jewelers and the Gem-Loving Public

  • (Revelation 21: 20) The topaz of the ancient Greeks and Romans is generally allowed to be our chrysolite, while their chrysolite is our topaz.

    Smith's Bible Dictionary

  • They are like chrysolite, which is of a golden colour in the morning, very bright to look upon, but towards evening grows dull and loses its splendour.

    The Lord's Prayer

  • As before remarked, almost any form of corundum other than red is, broadly, called sapphire, but giving them their strictly correct designations, we have the olivine corundum, called "chrysolite" (oriental), which is harder than the ordinary or "noble" chrysolite, sometimes called the "peridot."

    The Chemistry, Properties and Tests of Precious Stones

  • Chrysoberyl also supplies the finest cat's-eyes (when the material is of a sufficiently fibrous or tubular structure), and it further supplies the greenish-yellow stones frequently (though incorrectly) called "chrysolite" by jewelers.

    A Text-Book of Precious Stones for Jewelers and the Gem-Loving Public

  • When mesothelioma “cases” were compared to “controls,” this cancer appeared to cluster densely in certain professions: insulation installers, firefighters, shipyard workers, heating equipment handlers, and chrysolite miners.

    The Emperor of All Maladies

  • When mesothelioma “cases” were compared to “controls,” this cancer appeared to cluster densely in certain professions: insulation installers, firefighters, shipyard workers, heating equipment handlers, and chrysolite miners.

    The Emperor of All Maladies

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