an·tho·phyl·lite (ăn′thə-fīlīt′, ăn′thŏfə-līt)
A grayish, brownish, or greenish amphibole mineral, (Mg,Fe)7Si8O22(OH)2, having a fibrous form that is a variety of asbestos.
[German Anthophyllit : New Latin anthophyllus, mother of cloves (the fruit of the clove tree, formerly much used as an aromatic or candied), clove tree (from Greek anthos, flower + phullon, leaf; see bhel-3 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots) + German -it, -ite (the mineral being so named in 1801 by Danish naturalist Heinrich Christian Friedrich Schumacher (1757-1830) in reference to the clove-brown color of his specimen).]
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