olivine

noun
ol·​iv·​ine | \ ˈä-lə-ˌvēn How to pronounce olivine (audio) \

Definition of olivine

: a usually greenish mineral that is a complex silicate of magnesium and iron used especially in refractories — compare peridot

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Other Words from olivine

olivinic \ ˌä-​lə-​ˈvi-​nik How to pronounce olivinic (audio) \ or olivinitic \ ˌä-​lə-​və-​ˈni-​tik How to pronounce olivinitic (audio) \ adjective

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But below 410 kilometers, in the transition zone, high temperatures and pressures squeeze the olivine into a new crystal configuration called wadsleyite. Quanta Magazine, "The Hunt for Earth’s Deep Hidden Oceans," 11 July 2018 This olivine fell out of the lava as it was spewed into the air, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientist Wendy Stovall told Mashable. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "It's 'raining' green crystals in Hawaii, thanks to Kilauea volcano eruption," 14 June 2018 The upper mantle, for instance, is primarily made of a mineral called olivine, which can’t store much water. Quanta Magazine, "The Hunt for Earth’s Deep Hidden Oceans," 11 July 2018 Michael Garcia, a professor of geology at the University of Hawaii's Manoa campus in Honolulu, has a student who is extracting olivine from a 1985 eruption. CBS News, "Hawaii's Kilauea volcano not actually raining gemstones," 20 June 2018 In gemstone form, a variety of olivine is known as peridot. Washington Post, "NOT REAL NEWS: Erupting Hawaii volcano not raining gemstones," 19 June 2018 In gemstone form, a variety of olivine is known as peridot. Washington Post, "NOT REAL NEWS: Erupting Hawaii volcano not raining gemstones," 19 June 2018 In gemstone form, a variety of olivine is known as peridot. Washington Post, "NOT REAL NEWS: Erupting Hawaii volcano not raining gemstones," 19 June 2018 In gemstone form, a variety of olivine is known as peridot. Washington Post, "NOT REAL NEWS: Erupting Hawaii volcano not raining gemstones," 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of olivine

1794, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for olivine

German Olivin, from Latin oliva

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Olivier

oliviferous

oliviform

olivine

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olla podrida

ollav

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