Meaning of metaxite in English:


Pronunciation /mɪˈtaksʌɪt/


historical Mineralogy
  • An incompletely characterized fibrous variety of serpentine, probably a chrysotile, having a weak pearly lustre.


Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Thomas Thomson. From German Metaxit from Byzantine Greek μέταξα silk (probably a loanword; compare classical Latin mataxa rough thread, tow) + German -it, so named on account of its lustre.