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a fibrous variety of serpentine, hydrous magnesium silicate, MGSIO(OH), that is the principal source of asbestos
Origin: < chryso- + Gr tilos, fine hair > tillein, to pluck out
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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).