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[mass noun] A colourless, pink, or yellow zeolite mineral, typically occurring as rhombohedral crystals.
- ‘Epistilbite, mordenite, stellerite, natrolite, scolecite, mesolite, and chabazite are relatively uncommon, and goosecreekite and yugawaralite are extraordinarily rare.’
- ‘For example, natrolite is generally restricted to South Table Mountain, whereas the crystal habits of chabazite and thomsonite are noted to vary between several localities on North Table Mountain.’
- ‘The faces on chabazite are typically smooth and lustrous, whereas gmelinite has triangular growths on the crystal faces.’
- ‘Although levyne has been noted to have crystallized earlier than analcime, calcite, chabazite, and thomsonite, and later than analcime, cowlesite, and chabazite, it is usually the only mineral within the cavity.’
- ‘A preliminary review of the local mineralogy was subsequently written by Endlich, who noted the presence of aragonite, chabazite, calcite, mesolite, and natrolite, in addition to ‘leucite.’’
Early 19th century: from French chabazie, from Greek khabazie, a misreading of khalazie, vocative form of khalazios hailstone (from khalaza hail, because of its form and colour), + -ite.
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