Definition of Olivine

1. Noun. A mineral consisting of magnesium iron silicate; a source of magnesium.

Terms within: Atomic Number 12, Magnesium, Mg
Generic synonyms: Mineral
Specialized synonyms: Chrysolite



Definition of Olivine

1. n. A common name of the yellowish green mineral chrysolite, esp. the variety found in eruptive rocks.

Definition of Olivine

1. Noun. (mineralogy geology) Any of a group of olive green magnesium-iron silicate minerals that crystallize in the orthorhombic system. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Olivine

1. a mineral [n -S] : OLIVINIC [adj]

Medical Definition of Olivine

1. A common name of the yellowish green mineral chrysolite, especially. The variety found in eruptive rocks. Origin: Cf. F. Olivine. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Olivine

olivelike
oliveness
olivenite
olivenites
olivers
olives
olivet
olivets
olivewood
olivewoods
olivey
olivifugal
olivil
olivin
olivine (current term)
olivines
olivinic
olivinitic
olivipetal
olivite
olivocerebellar
olivocerebellar tract
olivocochlear
olivocochlear bundle
olivocochlear fibres
olivocochlear tract
olivomycins
olivopontocerebellar
olivopontocerebellar atrophy

Literary usage of Olivine

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1. Textbook of Geology by Archibald Geikie (1882)
"This division embraces a series of crystalline rocks composed essentially of olivine, with usually one or two other magnesian silicates. ..."

2. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1884)
"coming months, the problem of forecasting the character of a season would be capable of solution. WU olivine ROCKS OF NORTH CAROLINA. ..."

3. Elements of Chemical and Physical Geology by Gustav Bischof (1855)
"olivine crystal more than three inches long, three Inches broad, and two and a quarter thick, which, as it is only a fragment, must have been much larger. ..."

4. Igneous Rocks and Their Origin by Reginald Aldworth Daly (1914)
"NORMAL olivine-FREE SPECIES A moderate amount of olivine would normally ... Slight gravitative differentiation, whereby the olivine substance (with other ..."

5. Rock Minerals: Their Chemical and Physical Characters and Their by Joseph Paxson Iddings (1911)
"olivine also alters to spherulitic aggregations of chloritic character, ... Changes of olivine to amphibole are less frequent; the result in some cases is a ..."

6. Geology of Wisconsin: Survey of 1873-1879 by Wisconsin Chief Geologist (1880)
"Chrysolite (olivine) is commonly distributed through the grains of augite, or sometimes in the feldspar in its vicinity, in rounded grains, ..."

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