actinolite

noun
ac·​tin·​o·​lite | \ ak-ˈti-nə-ˌlīt How to pronounce actinolite (audio) \

Definition of actinolite

: a bright green or grayish-green mineral of the amphibole group that is a silicate of calcium, magnesium, and iron occurring in fibrous, radiate, or columnar forms

First Known Use of actinolite

1794, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for actinolite

actino- + -lite; translation of German Strahlstein, Strahlschörl (earlier New Latin actinotus in the terminology of the naturalist J. F. Gmelin)

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“Actinolite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/actinolite. Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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