One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A colorless, pink, or yellow zeolite mineral, typically occurring as rhombohedral crystals.
- ‘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.’’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Epistilbite, mordenite, stellerite, natrolite, scolecite, mesolite, and chabazite are relatively uncommon, and goosecreekite and yugawaralite are extraordinarily rare.’
- ‘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.’
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 color), + -ite.
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