Origin of botryoidalfrom Classical Greek botryoeid?s ( from botrys, bunch of grapes + -eid?s, -oid) + -al
Shaped like a bunch of grapes. Used especially of mineral formations: botryoidal hematite.
Origin of botryoidalFrom Greek botruoeidēs botrus bunch of grapes -oeidēs -oid
Shaped like a bunch of grapes. Certain minerals and parts of organisms can be botryoidal.
- The network is partly formed out of pigmented cells which are excavated and join to form tubes, the socalled botryoidal tissue, not found among the Rhynchobdellidae at all.
- It is never crystallized, but may have a fibrous or microcrystalline structure, and commonly occurs in concretionary forms or in compact and earthy masses; sometimes mammillated, botryoidal, reniform or stalactitic. The colour presents various shades of brown and yellow, and the streak is always brownish, a character which distinguishes it from haematite with a red, or from magnetite with a black streak.
- The massive mineral sometimes occurs in mammillary and botryoidal forms with a smooth brassy surface, and is then known to Cornish miners as "blistercopper-ore."
- The botryoidal formations hanging by thousands in Mary's Vineyard resemble mimic clusters of grapes, as the oulopholites resemble roses.
- Thus in the microcrystalline chalcedony the lustre is waxy, the fracture fibrous to even, and the external form botryoidal or stalactitic flint and chert are compact and have a splintery fracture: jasper is a compact variety intermixed with much iron oxide and clay and has a dull and even fracture.