amphibole

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noun am·phi·bole \ˈam(p)-fə-ˌbōl\

Definition of amphibole

  1. 1 :  hornblende

  2. 2 :  any of a group of complex silicate minerals with like crystal structures that contain calcium, sodium, magnesium, aluminum, or iron ions or a combination of them

Origin and Etymology of amphibole

French, from Late Latin amphibolus, from Greek amphibolos ambiguous, from amphiballein to throw round, doubt, from amphi- + ballein to throw — more at devil


First Known Use: 1799


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amphibole

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noun am·phi·bole \ˈam(p)-fə-ˌbōl\

Medical Definition of amphibole

  1. :  any of a group of complex silicate minerals with like crystal structures that contain calcium, sodium, magnesium, aluminum, and iron ions or a combination of them—see crocidolite


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