Definition of cyclosilicate
1 : a class of polymeric silicates sometimes considered a subclass of sorosilicates in which the silicon-oxygen tetrahedral groups are linked by sharing oxygen atoms so as to form rings containing 3, 4, or 6 silicon atoms and 9, 12, or 18 oxygen atoms respectively (as in benitoite or beryl) —called also ring-silicate — compare inosilicate, nesosilicate, phyllosilicate, sorosilicate, tectosilicate
2 : any mineral belonging to the class of cyclosilicates
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Origin and Etymology of cyclosilicate
cycl- + silicate
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