prehnite

noun prehn·ite \ ˈprāˌnīt , ˈpreˌ- \

Definition of prehnite

plural -s
:a pale green mineral Ca2Al2Si3O10(OH)2 that occurs in crystalline aggregates having a botryoidal or mamillary structure but only rarely in distinct crystals and that is a basic calcium aluminum silicate (hardness 6–6.5, specific gravity 2.80–2.95)

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Origin and Etymology of prehnite

German prehnit, from Colonel Van Prehn 18th century Dutch officer who brought it from the Cape of Good Hope + German -it 1-ite


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