a fibrous variety of serpentine, hydrous magnesium silicate, MGSIO(OH), that is the principal source of asbestos
Origin of chrysotilefrom chryso- + Classical Greek tilos, fine hair from tillein, to pluck out
A whitish, fibrous serpentine mineral, Mg3Si2O5(OH)4, that is the most common variety of commercial asbestos. Also called white asbestos .
Origin of chrysotileGerman Chrysotil Greek khrūso- chryso- Greek tilos something plucked ( from tillein to pluck )
(countable and uncountable, plural chrysotiles)