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) + –ine1.
- ol′i·vin′ic , ol′i·vi·nit′ic