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Amphibole \Am"phi*bole\ ([a^]m"f[i^]*b[=o]l), n. [Gr. 'amfi`bolos doubtful, equivocal, fr. 'amfiba`llein to throw round, to doubt: cf. F. amphibole. Ha["u]y so named the genus from the great variety of color and composition assumed by the mineral.] (Min.) A common mineral embracing many varieties varying in color and in composition. It occurs in monoclinic crystals; also massive, generally with fibrous or columnar structure. The color varies from white to gray, green, brown, and black. It is a silicate of magnesium and calcium, with usually aluminium and iron. Some common varieties are tremolite, actinolite, asbestus, edenite, hornblende (the last name being also used as a general term for the whole species). Amphibole is a constituent of many crystalline rocks, as syenite, diorite, most varieties of trachyte, etc. See Hornblende.


n. (label en mineral) A mineral with monoclinic crystals of the chemical formula calcium2(magnesium,iron)5silicon8oxygen22(Ohydrogen)2, belonging to the amphibole group.


n. a green mineral of the amphibole group; calcium magnesium iron silicate


Actinolite is an amphibole silicate mineral with the chemical formula .