chrys·​o·​tile | \ ˈkri-sə-ˌtī(-ə)l How to pronounce chrysotile (audio) \

Definition of chrysotile

: a mineral consisting of a fibrous silky variety of serpentine and constituting a common form and principal source of asbestos

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The types that are used in construction are white, blue, and brown varieties, known as chrysotile, crocidolite, and amosite. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "What Is Asbestos, And Why Did We Use It So Much?," 7 Aug. 2018 The trade group the Chrysotile Association (chrysotile is what is mined in Asbest) says that its product is less carcinogenic than other types of asbestos. Eli Rosenberg,, "Asbestos sold by Russian company is branded with Trump's face," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of chrysotile

1850, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chrysotile

borrowed from German Chrysotil, from chryso- chryso- + Greek -til-, taken to mean "fiber," base of tíllein "to pluck, pick," of uncertain origin

Note: Term introduced by the German mineralogist Franz von Kobell (1803-82) in "Ueber den Spadaït, eine neue Mineralspecies, und über den Wollastonit von Capo di bove," Journal für praktische Chemie, Band 30 (1843), p. 469. Kobell cites chrysós "Gold" and tílos "Faser" ("fiber") as sources, but a noun tílos only exists in ancient Greek as a plural tíloi "the fine hair of the eyebrows."

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