staurolite

noun
stau·​ro·​lite | \ ˈstȯr-ə-ˌlīt How to pronounce staurolite (audio) \

Definition of staurolite

: a mineral consisting of a basic silicate of iron and aluminum in prismatic orthorhombic crystals often twinned so as to resemble a cross

Other Words from staurolite

staurolitic \ ˌstȯr-​ə-​ˈli-​tik How to pronounce staurolitic (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of staurolite

circa 1815, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for staurolite

French, from Greek stauros cross + French -lite — more at steer

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“Staurolite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/staurolite. Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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