cyclosilicate

noun cy·clo·silicate \"+\

Definition of cyclosilicate

  1. 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. 2 :  any mineral belonging to the class of cyclosilicates

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Origin and Etymology of cyclosilicate

cycl- + silicate


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