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wollastonite

Syllabification: wol·las·ton·ite
Pronunciation: /ˈwo͝oləstəˌnīt
 
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Definition of wollastonite in English:

noun

A white or grayish mineral typically occurring in tabular masses in metamorphosed limestone. It is a silicate of calcium and is used as a source of rock wool.
Example sentences
  • The Badger Flats area is also well known for clinozoisite, garnet, hematite, scheelite, vesuvianite, wollastonite, and zoisite (variety thulite).
  • The skarn layer has a massive texture with two assemblages, wollastonite + quartz + diopside and prehnite + datolite + actinolite + K - feldspar, which have been interpreted as evidence of hydrothermal metasomatism of carbonate rocks.
  • The groundmass of these leucocratic segregations is heterogeneous, consisting of centimeter-scale regions dominated by nepheline, natrolite, alkali feldspar, or wollastonite.

Origin

early 19th century: from the name of W. H. Wollaston (see Wollaston, William Hyde) + -ite1.

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