Meaning of forsterite in English:


Pronunciation /ˈfɔːstərʌɪt/


mass noun
  • A magnesium-rich variety of olivine, occurring as white, yellow, or green crystals.

    ‘Peridot, the green gem variety of forsterite, occurs on a fairly remote basalt-capped mesa near the southwest edge of South Park.’
    • ‘These include aquamarine, chrome diopside, diamond, jade, labradorite, forsterite, opal, pyrope, variscite, and many unique agates and jaspers.’
    • ‘Egypt is also the home of some of the best peridot, the gem variety of forsterite.’
    • ‘The occurrence is in deformed, silicified marble accompanied by forsterite, diopside, zcolites, scapolite, and pyrite.’
    • ‘Among the features, the silicate features from minerals like forsterite and enstatite ‘swamp’ the other features, ‘so our first job will be to understand’ the abundances of the silicates.’
    • ‘One of these crystals is the bright green-colored gem called forsterite.’
    • ‘The specimen is completely composed by crystals of forsterite and the largest is almost 2 cm.’
    • ‘On the other hand, synthetic fibrous-like forsterite is less expensive to prepare than Kaowool or rockwool.’
    • ‘Consequently, the oxide mixture seems to be widely accepted as the post-spinel phase of forsterite.’
    • ‘It has been found that the fraction of crystalline forsterite converted into the amorphous form is a function of the energy deposited through elastic collisions by incoming ions.’
    • ‘Our results should furthermore be useful to build up an analytic expression for the index of refraction of chromium forsterite.’


Early 19th century from the name of J. R. Forster (1729–98), German naturalist, + -ite.