Meaning of antigorite in English:


Pronunciation /anˈtɪɡərʌɪt/


mass noun
  • A mineral of the serpentine group, occurring typically as thin green plates.

    ‘As seen in the granite, subhedral to anhedral grains of fayalite are fractured and show varying stages of alteration to hematite, antigorite, calcite, and magnetite.’
    • ‘Dumps and outcrops in the vicinity have produced hand specimens of antigorite, chrysotile, and impressive crystals of grass-green talc with snow-white dolomite.’
    • ‘The crystal structure of antigorite could not be solved, because of very fine crystal size and many defects.’
    • ‘The serpentine minerals antigorite and lizardite are clay-like constituents of tremolitic talc.’
    • ‘Serpentine is a common name for the minerals antigorite, lizardite and chrysotile.’
    • ‘The most distal alteration is volumetrically minor and involves alteration of olivine to antigorite and magnesite.’
    • ‘The darker shades of massive antigorite are usually what is referred to as ‘precious serpentine’ - the stuff that can be used to make decorative items of a luscious deep green color.’
    • ‘Spectrally the mineral separates do not show absorptions due to any mineral species other than antigorite.’
    • ‘It is definitely of later formation than the antigorite, and in numerous instances this mineral is itself flecked with platelets of talc indicating a replacement of the former by the latter.’
    • ‘The massive, pale green variety of antigorite is sometimes called ‘williamsite’.’
    • ‘Bowenite is a massive, fine-grained and dense variety of antigorite.’
    • ‘Several long-thin grains of antigorite are visible as well.’


Mid 19th century from Antigorio, a valley in Piedmont, Italy, + -ite.