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BYS'SOLITE,noun [Gr. fine flax, and stone; so called from its resemblance to moss.]

A rare mineral, occurring in very delicate filaments, short, flexible and elastic. Their color is olive green, or brownish yellow, and their luster a little silky. Jameson places byssolite under actinolite; Hauy arranges it under amianthoid.

BYS'SUS, noun [Latin byssus; Gr. fine linen, or cotton.]

The asbestus, composed of parallel fibers, is by some called by this name.