Chiastolite
Chiastolite Chi*as"to*lite (k[-i]*[a^]s"t[-o]*l[imac]t), n. [Gr. chiasto`s marked with a [chi] + -lite. See {Chiasm}. So called from the resemblance of the cross cuts of its crystals to the Greek letter [chi].] (Min.) A variety of andalusite; -- called also {macle}. The tessellated appearance of a cross section is due to the symmetrical arrangement of impurities in the crystal. [1913 Webster]

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  • Chiastolite — The mineral chiastolite is a variety of andalusite with the chemical composition Al2SiO5. It is noted for distinctive cross shaped black inclusions of graphite. In areas around Georgetown, California, metamorphosed sediments contained andalusite… …   Wikipedia

  • chiastolite — /kuy as tl uyt /, n. a variety of the mineral andalusite having cruciform carbonaceous inclusions. [1795 1805; alter. of chiastolith (see LITE), equiv. to Gk chiastó(s) set crosswise (see CHIASMA) + LITH] * * *       a variety of the mineral… …   Universalium

  • chiastolite — noun An aluminosilicate mineral having carbon inclusions, a variety of andalusite. Syn: macle …   Wiktionary

  • chiastolite — [kʌɪ astəlʌɪt, kɪ ] noun a variety of the mineral andalusite containing dark carbonaceous inclusions giving a cross shaped appearance. Origin C19: from Gk khiastos arranged crosswise + lite …   English new terms dictionary

  • chiastolite — chi·as·to·lite …   English syllables

  • chiastolite — /kaɪˈæstəlaɪt/ (say kuy astuhluyt) noun a variety of andalusite, a section of which often exhibits the form of a cross. {variant of chiastolith; see chiasma, lith} …   Australian English dictionary

  • chiastolite — kīˈastəˌlīt noun ( s) Etymology: German chiastolith, from chiasto + lith lite : a mineral consisting of a variety of andalusite whose crystals have a tessellated appearance in cross section due to the arrangement of impurities called also macle …   Useful english dictionary

  • macle — Chiastolite Chi*as to*lite (k[ i]*[a^]s t[ o]*l[imac]t), n. [Gr. chiasto s marked with a [chi] + lite. See {Chiasm}. So called from the resemblance of the cross cuts of its crystals to the Greek letter [chi].] (Min.) A variety of andalusite;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Andalusite — Andalousite Andalousite Catégorie IX : silicates Andalousite Tyrol Autriche (7,4x6,2cm) …   Wikipédia en Français

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