Definition of chrysolite in US English:



  • 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’


Late Middle English: from Old French crisolite, from medieval Latin crisolitus, from Latin chrysolithus, based on Greek khrusos ‘gold’ + lithos ‘stone’.