cro·​cid·​o·​lite krō-ˈsi-də-ˌlīt How to pronounce crocidolite (audio)
: 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

Examples of crocidolite in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The types that are used in construction are white, blue, and brown varieties, known as chrysotile, crocidolite, and amosite. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, 7 Aug. 2018

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1835, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of crocidolite was in 1835

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“Crocidolite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2023.

Medical Definition


cro·​ci·​do·​lite ˌkrō-ˈsī-də-ˌlīt, -ˈsid-ə- How to pronounce crocidolite (audio)
: 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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