Selenite

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Selenite (Chem) A salt of selenious acid.
    • n Selenite (Min) A variety of gypsum, occuring in transparent crystals or crystalline masses.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n selenite [capitalized] A supposed inhabitant of the moon.
    • n selenite A foliated or crystallized and transparent variety of gypsum, often obtained in large thin plates somewhat resembling mica; also, specifically, a thin plate of this mineral used with the polarizing apparatus of the microscope.
    • n selenite In chem., a salt of selenium.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Selenite sel′en-īt a transparent and beautiful variety of gypsum: a salt of selenium: a supposed inhabitant of the moon
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. selenites, Gr. (sc. ), from selh`nh the moon. So called from a fancied resemblance in luster or appearance to the moon
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. selēnitēs (lithos, stone), moon-like—selēnē, the moon.

Usage

In literature:

The selenite waxed and waned with the moon, and the meloceus, that discovers thieves, could be affected only by the blood of kids.
"The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde
Plate 1, Figures 1, 2, and 3, represent the selenite formation.
"Two Expeditions in the Interior of Southern Australia, Volume II" by Charles Sturt
Plate 1, Figures 1, 2, and 3, represent the selenite formation.
"Two Expeditions into the Interior of Southern Australia, Complete" by Charles Sturt
Here there was a fall of about four feet over masses of ferruginous clay with selenites embedded.
"Three Expeditions into the Interior of Eastern Australia, Vol 1 (of 2)" by Thomas Mitchell
The fibers were first viewed under plain transmitted light, secondly, polarized light and selenite plate.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 530, February 27, 1886" by Various
The eyes of the whole Selenitic world will be upon you.
"All Around the Moon" by Jules Verne
It abounds in selenite or sulphate of lime, and in nodules which often contain organic remains.
"Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society - Vol. 3" by Various
A Zuni window glazed with selenite 197 91.
"Eighth Annual Report" by Various
That was in its course through the selenite.
"The Lone Ranche" by Captain Mayne Reid
Is it not one which inevitably surrounds us, in the incandescent Soudan or in the chill abode of departed Selenites?
"'That Very Mab'" by May Kendall and Andrew Lang
At a glance I had recognised the sparkling scales of the selenite.
"The Scalp Hunters" by Mayne Reid
When this beam was looked at normally through the selenite and Nicol, the ring-system, though not brilliant, was distinct.
"Fragments of science, V. 1-2" by John Tyndall
The selenite waxed and waned with the moon, and the meloceus, that discovers thieves, could be affected only by the blood of kids.
"The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde
The last rays of the setting sun were sparkling on the selenite of the Silver Mountains, as we approached the encampment of the Saints.
"The Wild Huntress" by Mayne Reid
Lime lime Selenite, gypsum, calcareous vitriol.
"Elements of Chemistry," by Antoine Lavoisier
Large crystals of selenite (sulphate of lime) occur in the Marls.
"The Geological Story of the Isle of Wight" by J. Cecil Hughes
This polarizer carries one of the pair of Nicols prisms and is countersunk to allow of the introduction of gypsum or selenite plates.
"Paint Technology and Tests" by Henry A. Gardner
Fine specimens of selenite from shaly beds in cliff.
"In the Arctic Seas" by Francis Leopold McClintock
Selenites and selenates give a pale pink or pinkish yellow.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 12, Slice 1" by Various
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In news:

Bibi Tanga & The Selenites: Liquid Sunshine and Welcome Strangers.
A recent Ohio State University study compared the use of an enriched selenium yeast (1000 ppm) or sodium selenite added to sow diets when they entered the farrowing house, or approximately 5-6 days prior to farrowing.
Bibi Tanga and the Selenites.
BIBI TANGA AND THE SELENITES 40 DEGREES OF SUNSHINE (NAT GEO MUSIC).
From the bright electro-funk pulse of the opening track, "Poet of the Soul," sunlight infuses Bibi Tanga and the Selenites' latest album, 40 Degrees of Sunshine.
Bibi Tanga & The Selenites.
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