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andradite Line breaks: an|dra¦dite
Pronunciation: /ˈandrədʌɪt/

Definition of andradite in English:


[mass noun]
A mineral of the garnet group, containing calcium and iron. It occurs as yellow, green, brown, or black crystals, sometimes of gem quality.
Example sentences
  • The skarns also contain hornblende, calcite, pyroxene, tremolite, pyrrhotite, molybdenite, galena, chalcopyrite, arsenopyrite, garnet (probably andradite or grossular), and pyrite.
  • The crystals have a typical pseudo-octahedral habit, often with composite crystal faces, and are typically associated with red andradite, hematite, calcite, gaudefroyite, barite. kutnohorite, celestine, or even sturmanite.
  • The third major find in recent years is green andradite, some of which may be considered demantoid.


Mid 19th century: named after J. B. de Andrada e Silva (circa1763–1838), Brazilian geologist, + -ite1.

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