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A purplish- or yellowish-brown ferromagnesian silicate mineral of the amphibole group which occurs as fibrous or lamellar masses, especially in metamorphic rocks.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in Stephen Weston (1747–1830), antiquary and classical scholar. From German Anthophyllit from post-classical Latin anthophyllum clove + German -it. The mineral is so called on account of its colour, likened to that of the clove-pink.
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