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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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“Cyclosilicate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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