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andalusite

Syllabification: an·da·lu·site
Pronunciation: /ˌandəˈlo͞osīt
 
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Definition of andalusite in English:

noun

A gray, green, brown, or pink aluminosilicate mineral occurring mainly in metamorphic rocks as elongated rhombic prisms, sometimes of gem quality.
Example sentences
  • The aluminium silicate minerals andalusite, kyanite, and sillimanite are good examples of this phenomenon of polymorphism.
  • The spotted textures are marked by the growth of biotite, cordierite and andalusite on the metamorphic foliation.
  • From Pliocene time the shallow emplacement of intrusive bodies resulted in thermal metamorphism (forming, for example, biotite, cordierite, andalusite, K-feldspar and corundum in pelites) and hydrothermal activity.

Origin

early 19th century: from the name of the Spanish region of Andalusia + -ite1.

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