Definition for AU'GITE

AU'GITE, n. [Gr. αυγη, brightness. Plin. 37, 10.]

A mineral called by Haüy, pyroxene; often found in distinct crystals. Its secondary forms are all six or eight-sided prisms. Sometimes it appears in hemitrope crystals. It has a foliated structure, and is harder than hornblend. The varieties are, common augite, sahlite, fassaite, and coccolite. The omphacite of Werner appears also to be a variety; and the common angite, found near the lake Baikal, has been called Baikalite. Cleaveland. Werner divides augite into four sub-species; granular, foliated, conchoidal, and common; and there is a variety called slaggy augite.

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