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anthophyllite

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noun an·tho·phyl·lite \ˌan(t)-thə-ˈfi-ˌlīt, (ˌ)an-ˈthä-fə-\

Definition of anthophyllite

  1. :  an orthorhombic mineral of the amphibole group that is essentially a silicate of magnesium and iron and is usually lamellar or fibrous and when fibrous is one of the less common forms of asbestos



Origin and Etymology of anthophyllite

German Anthophyllit, from New Latin anthophyllum, from Greek anthos + phyllon leaf — more at blade


First Known Use: circa 1828


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