forsterite [fawr-stuh-rahyt] Word Origin noun Mineralogy.

  1. the magnesium end member, Mg2SiO4, of the olivine group.

Origin of forsterite 1815–25; named after J. R. Forster (1729–98), German naturalist; see -ite1 British Dictionary definitions for forsterite forsterite noun

  1. a white, yellow, or green mineral of the olivine group consisting of magnesium silicate. Formula: Mg 2 SiO 4

Word Origin for forsterite C19: named after J. R. Forster (1729–98), German naturalist forsterite in Science forsterite [fôr′stə-rīt′]

  1. See under olivine.

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