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

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

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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, "What Is Asbestos, And Why Did We Use It So Much?," 7 Aug. 2018

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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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The first known use of crocidolite was in 1835

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“Crocidolite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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

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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