stau·​ro·​lite ˈstȯr-ə-ˌlīt How to pronounce staurolite (audio)
: a mineral consisting of a basic silicate of iron and aluminum in prismatic orthorhombic crystals often twinned so as to resemble a cross
staurolitic adjective

Word History


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

First Known Use

circa 1815, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of staurolite was circa 1815

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“Staurolite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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