diatomite

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n diatomite a light soil consisting of siliceous diatom remains and often used as a filtering material
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n diatomite Diatomaceous earth; infusorial earth.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Diatomite diatomaceous earth
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. diatomosdia, through, temnein, to cut.

Usage

In literature:

Diatomite is principally used for the manufacture of dynamite on account of its value as an absorbent.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia" by Various
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