• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Crocidolite (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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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n crocidolite A mineral consisting principally of silicate of iron and sodium, occurring in asbestos-like fibers of a delicate blue color, and also massive, in Griqualand, South Africa, and in the Vosges mountains of France and Germany. Also called blue asbestos. The name is also given to a silicious mineral (tiger-eye) of beautiful yellow color and fibrous structure, much used for ornament, which has resulted from the natural alteration of the original blue crocidolite of South Africa.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Crocidolite kro-sid′o-līt a mineral consisting mainly of silicate of iron, in asbestos-like fibres.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. kroky`s nap on cloth + -lite,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
From Gr. krokis, -idos, cloth, and lithos, stone.


In literature:

Crocidolite or blue asbestos is similar to chrysotile but somewhat inferior in fire-resisting qualities.
"The Economic Aspect of Geology" by C. K. Leith
This is referable to the variety of amphibole called crocidolite (q.v.).
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 7" by Various