Origin of iolitealtered (infl. by -lite) from German iolith from Classical Greek ion, violet + lithos, stone
A clear, blue or blue-violet cordierite often used as a gemstone. Also called water sapphire .
Origin of ioliteGreek ion violet ; see iodine. -lite ( on the model of German Iolith ) (Greek ion ) ( -lith -lite, -lith )
(countable and uncountable, plural iolites)
- (gemology) The clear variety of cordierite.
From Ancient Greek ἴον (ion, “violet”) + -lite.