sel·​e·​nite ˈse-lə-ˌnīt How to pronounce selenite (audio)
: a variety of gypsum occurring in transparent crystals or crystalline masses

Examples of selenite in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Two glowing glass blobs (named Rock Lights) clung to chunks of minerals — white, fragmented selenite and dark green jasper — tucked into a former fireplace. Ella Riley-Adams, New York Times, 27 Apr. 2023 Florentine Scagliola Scagliola, a technique that originates from stucco and traces its roots back to the 1600s, is made using a combination of water, selenite, glue, and natural pigments. Mary Elizabeth Andriotis, House Beautiful, 20 Apr. 2020 And the are lining up, hands outstretched for rose quartz and selenite—clients range from private homes to Taryn Toomey, Goop and the Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. Olivia Hosken, Town & Country, 12 Mar. 2020 Celeste will showcase some rare minerals and crystals, including Madagascar rose quartz, selenite, quartz crystal moons and lapis Lazuli, a metamorphic rock prized since antiquity and used as a semi-precious stone in her jewelry. Rich Heileman, cleveland, 28 Feb. 2020 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, 1 Nov. 2016

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Word History


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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of selenite was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Selenite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2023.

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