Definition of quartzine in English:

quartzine

(also quartzin)

noun

Mineralogy
  • A form of fibrous silica closely similar to chalcedony (of which it is often regarded as a variety), in which the fibres are elongated in a direction parallel to the c-axis.

adjective

rare
  • Of the nature of or resembling quartz.

Origin

Late 19th century; earliest use found in American Naturalist. From French quartzine from quartz + -ine<br>mid 19th century; earliest use found in Elisha Kane (1820–1857), physician and Arctic explorer. From quartz + -ine.

Pronunciation

quartzine

/ˈkwɔːtsiːn/