Definition for SEL'EN-ITE

SEL'EN-ITE, n. [Gr. σεληνιτης, from σεληνη, the moon; so called on account of its reflecting the moon's light with brilliancy.]

  1. Foliated or crystalized sulphate of lime. Selenite is a subspecies of sulphate of lime, of two varieties, massive and acicular. – Cleaveland. Kirwan. Nicholson.
  2. A compound of selenous acid with a base.

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