One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A magnesium-rich variety of olivine, occurring as white, yellow, or green crystals.
- ‘The specimen is completely composed by crystals of forsterite and the largest is almost 2 cm.’
- ‘One of these crystals is the bright green-colored gem called forsterite.’
- ‘On the other hand, synthetic fibrous-like forsterite is less expensive to prepare than Kaowool or rockwool.’
- ‘Peridot, the green gem variety of forsterite, occurs on a fairly remote basalt-capped mesa near the southwest edge of South Park.’
- ‘It has been found that the fraction of crystalline forsterite converted into the amorphous form is a function of the energy deposited through elastic collisions by incoming ions.’
- ‘Egypt is also the home of some of the best peridot, the gem variety of forsterite.’
- ‘The occurrence is in deformed, silicified marble accompanied by forsterite, diopside, zcolites, scapolite, and pyrite.’
- ‘Our results should furthermore be useful to build up an analytic expression for the index of refraction of chromium forsterite.’
- ‘Among the features, the silicate features from minerals like forsterite and enstatite ‘swamp’ the other features, ‘so our first job will be to understand’ the abundances of the silicates.’
- ‘Consequently, the oxide mixture seems to be widely accepted as the post-spinel phase of forsterite.’
- ‘These include aquamarine, chrome diopside, diamond, jade, labradorite, forsterite, opal, pyrope, variscite, and many unique agates and jaspers.’
Early 19th century: from the name of J. R. Forster (1729–98), German naturalist, + -ite.
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