chrysotile definition by Webster's New World
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a fibrous variety of serpentine, hydrous magnesium silicate, MGSIO(OH), that is the principal source of asbestos
Origin: ; from chryso- plush Classical Greek tilos, fine hair from source tillein, to pluck out
chrysotile definition by American Heritage Dictionary
A fibrous mineral variety of serpentine forming part of commercial asbestos.
Origin: German Chrysotil : Greek khrūso-, chryso- + Greek tilos, something plucked (from tillein, to pluck).