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enstatite Line breaks: en¦sta|tite
Pronunciation: /ˈɛnstətʌɪt/

Definition of enstatite in English:


[mass noun]
A translucent crystalline mineral that occurs in some igneous rocks and stony meteorites. It consists of magnesium silicate and is a member of the pyroxene group.
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.


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

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