Cro*cid"o*lite (kr?-s?d"?-l?t), n. [Gr. κροκυς kroky`s nap on cloth + -lite.] Min.

A mineral occuring in silky fibers of a lavender blue color. It is related to hornblende and is essentially a silicate of iron and soda; -- called also blue asbestus. A silicified form, in which the fibers penetrating quartz are changed to oxide of iron, is the yellow brown tiger-eye of the jewelers.


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