One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A yellowish-green or brownish variety of olivine, used as a gemstone.
- ‘Naturally occurring round lumps of the shiny mineral chrysolite, similarly used, have the same name.’
- ‘Amber, fluorite and chrysolite are recommended.’
- ‘The whole was embroidered with hundreds of pearls laced with two agates, twelve chrysolites, twelve garnets, a gold-mounted sapphire and a large pendant pearl.’
- ‘Through its association with Venus, Taurus has affinity with Copper, marcasite, alabaster, lapis lazuli and chrysolite.’
- ‘Stones and metals fall under the rulership of planets, not signs, but through its association with Venus, Libra has affinity with copper, sapphires, marcasite, lapis lazuli and chrysolite.’
Late Middle English: from Old French crisolite, from medieval Latin crisolitus, from Latin chrysolithus, based on Greek khrusos ‘gold’ + lithos ‘stone’.
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