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.’
- ‘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’.
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