a fibrous variety of serpentine, hydrous magnesium silicate, MGSIO(OH), that is the principal source of asbestos
Origin of chrysotile; from chryso- + Classical Greek tilos, fine hair ; from tillein, to pluck out
A fibrous mineral variety of serpentine forming part of commercial asbestos.
Origin of chrysotileGerman Chrysotil : Greek khrūso-, chryso- + Greek tilos, something plucked (from tillein, to pluck).
(countable and uncountable, plural chrysotiles)