Meaning of metaxite in English:

metaxite

Pronunciation /mɪˈtaksʌɪt/

noun

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

Origin

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.