sel·​e·​nite | \ ˈse-lə-ˌnīt How to pronounce selenite (audio) \

Definition of selenite

: a variety of gypsum occurring in transparent crystals or crystalline masses

Examples of selenite in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The hallway outside of Alec and Hilaria's master bedroom epitomizes the home's farmhouse-meets-transitional style with a reclaimed barn door and a chunky selenite chandelier by Ron Dier. Emma Dibdin, ELLE Decor, "Alec and Hilaria Baldwin Escape From City Life—and Hollywood's Prying Eyes," 1 Nov. 2016

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First Known Use of selenite

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for selenite

Middle English selinete, from Latin selenites, from Greek selēnitēs (lithos), literally, stone of the moon, from selēnē; from the belief that it waxed and waned with the moon

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“Selenite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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