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, an iron-magnesium silicate mineral, (Mg,Fe)2SiO4, crystallizing in the orthorhombic system. It is a common constituent of magnesium-rich, silica-poor igneous rocks; metamorphism of some high magnesium sediments also can form olivine.
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a mineral; a transparent gem-quality green variety of olivine (seeOLIVINE), with a characteristic golden tint. Chrysolite contains at least 8–15 percent FeO, which is responsible for the mineral’s color. It occurs in the form of short-columnar or prismatic crystals. It is brittle, readily soluble in acid, and takes a good polish. A rare mineral, chrysolite is found primarily in kimberlites, alkaline olivine basalts, serpentinized peridotites, and ultrabasic alkali rocks; it is also found in alluvial deposits. Large crystals are primarily found on the island of Zeberged (St. John’s Island) in the Red Sea (Egypt). Chrysolite is also found in Burma, the United States (Arizona), the Republic of South Africa, and Tanzania. In the USSR it occurs in Yakutia and Krasnoiarsk Krai.

The term “chrysolite” was also formerly used in jewelry-making for other green precious stones, such as demantoid (a variety of garnet), greenish gold topaz, chrysoberyl, and vesuvianite.


A gem characterized by light-yellowish-green hues, especially the gem varieties of olivine, but also including beryl, topaz, and spinel.
A variety of olivine having a magnesium to magnesium-iron ratio of 0.90-0.70.
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See Lynda Boose, "Chrysolite and the Song of Songs Tradition," PQ 60 (1981): 427-37; Jessica Cooke, "Othello's 'Entire and Perfect Chrysolite,'" Notes and Queries 44, no.
Consider, for example, the phrase from Othello which Hazlitt quotes in "The Letter-Bell" and I repeat in my epigraph: "one entire and perfect chrysolite," already broken into a fragment and yet carrying with it a host of reverberating meanings.
A hadith mentioned by Abi al-Dunya in his Makarim al-Akhlaq, Abu al-Shaykh in his Kitab al-'Azama, and al-Bayhaqi in his Kitab Shu'ab al-Iman tell us on the authority of Anas that "the Messenger of Allah said: "Allah has a Tablet made of a green chrysolite under His Throne.
Chrysolite Clipper's first mate Jan Ridd Picture: SNAPPER NAME' The Liverpool Clipper starting the race back in September' Smiling despite his seasickness in the first couple of days, Graham Davies takes his turn in the galley and at the helm of the Chrysolite Clipper' Miss England Hammasa Kohistani was present at the launch
The first Catholic arrivals in the district had made the voyage out on three ships, the Clontarf, the William Miles and the Chrysolite, and most had strong associations with Nenagh, County Tipperary.
Since asbestos is injurious to health, that is why only specific kind of chrysolite asbestos would be allowed to be imported which is necessary for industrial use and is less harmful to health.
There is not, I think, on the one hand, very much denotative difference between flauus and fuluus: note among the passages cited below how chrysolite, aureo fulgore tralucentes for Plin.
But there was a sting in the tail for Nicholls as he was suspended for two days for careless riding after minor interference between the 11-4 winner and Chrysolite a furlong and a half from home.
Having murdered Desdemona, Othello makes a singular comparison between her supposed lost purity and the jewel chrysolite, V.
Also jewellery grade and ornamental chrysolite has been found in Yakutia, associated with diamondiferous kimberlites.
Shakespeare seems to have browsed through Philemon Holland's translation of Pliny's Natural History (dated 1601 on the title-page, entered on the Stationers' Register on 20 May 1600), taking from it much of the exotic and 'foreign' detail peculiar to Othello--mines of sulphur, Arabian trees, chrysolite, coloquintida, the never-ebbing Pontic sea.