Stilbite

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Stilbite (Min) A common mineral of the zeolite family, a hydrous silicate of alumina and lime, usually occurring in sheaflike aggregations of crystals, also in radiated masses. It is of a white or yellowish color, with pearly luster on the cleavage surface. Called also desmine.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n stilbite A common zeolitic mineral, usually occurring in radiated or sheaf-like tufts of crystals having a pearly luster on the surface of cleavage. It varies in color from white to brown or red. It is essentially a hydrous silicate of aluminium and calcium. Also called desmine. See cut under tufted.
    • n stilbite The mineral heulandite.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Stilbite stil′bīt a pearly and foliated variety of zeolite.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. to glitter, shine: cf. F. stilbite,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. stilbein, to shine.

Usage

In literature:

A little stilbite may often be found on the dumps.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 344, August 5, 1882" by Various
In the cavities of such mixed rocks we often find calcedony, and crystals of mesotype, stilbite, and arragonite.
"A Manual of Elementary Geology" by Charles Lyell
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