One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A greyish-white or greyish-green crystalline mineral consisting of a basic silicate of calcium and aluminium.
- ‘The Badger Flats area is also well known for clinozoisite, garnet, hematite, scheelite, vesuvianite, wollastonite, and zoisite (variety thulite).’
- ‘Titanite, garnet and zoisite are secondary in origin.’
- ‘The titanite grains from Zones 1 and 2 show marginal growth interstitial to newly grown crystals of metamorphic minerals such as plagioclase, biotite and zoisite.’
- ‘Some say that tanzanite, the blue variety of zoisite, is what set off the gem rush in East Africa, although Madagascar was producing other fine gems at the time.’
Early 19th century: from the name of Baron S. von Edelstein Zois (1747–1819), Austrian scholar, + -ite.
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