a hard, greenish mineral, (Mg,Fe)SiO, that is an ore of magnesium, used as a refractory; magnesium iron silicate
Origin of olivineoliv(e) + -ine
A mineral silicate of iron and magnesium, principally (Mg, Fe)2SiO4, found in igneous and metamorphic rocks and used as a structural material in refractories and in cements. Also called chrysolite .
Origin of olivineolive ( from its color ) -ine 1
- ol′i·vin′ic ol′i·vi·nit′ic