Definition of enstatite in English:

enstatite

Syllabification: en·sta·tite
Pronunciation: /ˈenstəˌtīt
 
/

noun

A translucent crystalline mineral of varying colors that occurs in some igneous rocks and stony meteorites. It consists of magnesium silicate and is a member of the pyroxene group.
More example sentences
  • Some of the characteristic minerals found in kimberlite are olivine, pyrope garnet, enstatite, diopside, ilmenite, phlogopite, perovskite, magnetite, and spinel.
  • Other associated minerals include olivine (commonly altered to serpentine), phlogopite, enstatite, and many other trace accessory minerals.
  • The Herbeira websterites contain diopside, enstatite, and pargasite with olivine, garnet, spinel, magnetite and ilmenite as minor phases.

Origin

mid 19th century: from Greek enstatēs 'adversary' (because of its refractory nature) + -ite1.

Derivatives

enstatitic

Pronunciation: /ˌenstəˈtitik/
adjective
More example sentences
  • The mineralogy of pyrolite is 57 per cent forsteritic olivine, 17 per cent enstatitic pyroxene, 12 per cent diopsidic pyroxene, and 14 per cent pyropic garnet.

More definitions of enstatite

Definition of enstatite in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day semblance
Pronunciation: ˈsɛmbləns
noun
the outward appearance or apparent form of something…