plural -s
: a mineral consisting of a magnesium aluminum borate that is structurally related to olivine and is occasionally used as a gem

Word History


sinhal- (as in sinhalese) + -ite; from the fact that the gemstones identified as sinhalite came from Sri Lanka

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“Sinhalite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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