crocidolite

noun
cro·cid·o·lite | \krō-ˈsi-də-ˌlīt \

Definition of crocidolite 

: a lavender-blue or light green mineral of the amphibole group that occurs in silky fibers and in massive form and is a type of asbestos — compare tigereye

First Known Use of crocidolite

1835, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for crocidolite

German Krokydolith, from Greek krokyd-, krokys nap on cloth (akin to Greek krekein to weave) + German -lith -lite — more at reel

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crochet

crochet file

crocidolite

crocidura

crocin

crock

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crocidolite

noun
cro·ci·do·lite | \ˌkrō-ˈsī-də-ˌlīt, -ˈsid-ə- \

Medical Definition of crocidolite 

: a purplish blue to greenish mineral of the amphibole group that causes asbestosis and cancer in the form of mesotheliomas

called also blue asbestos

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