cordierite

noun
cor·​di·​er·​ite | \ˈkȯr-dē-ə-ˌrīt \

Definition of cordierite 

: a blue mineral of vitreous luster and strong dichroism that consists of a silicate of aluminum, iron, and magnesium

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Multiple translucent crystals fit the bill, namely calcite, cordierite and tourmaline. Steph Yin, New York Times, "The Crystals That May Have Helped Vikings Navigate Northern Seas," 6 Apr. 2018 No calcite, cordierite, or tourmaline crystal has turned up at a Viking archaeological site so far. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Mysterious sunstones in medieval Viking texts could really have worked," 6 Apr. 2018 All three types of crystals that the team studied—calcite, a form of calcium carbonate; cordierite, an iron- and magnesium-rich silicate; and tourmaline, a boron-rich silicate—worked well at intervals of 3 hours or less. Sid Perkins, Science | AAAS, "Viking seafarers may have navigated with legendary crystals," 3 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of cordierite

circa 1814, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cordierite

French, from Pierre L. A. Cordier †1861 French geologist

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