kieselguhr

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n kieselguhr a light soil consisting of siliceous diatom remains and often used as a filtering material
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Kieselguhr Siliceous earth; diatomaceous earth; specifically, porous infusorial earth, used as an absorbent of nitroglycerin in the manufacture of dynamite.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n kieselguhr A silicious infusorial earth, used as an absorbent for nitroglycerin in the manufacture of dynamite: same as infusorial silica.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Kieselguhr kē′zl-gūr the mineral remains of a species of algæ, used in the manufacture of dynamite.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
G., fr. kiesel, flint + guhr, an earthy deposit or sediment in water
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ger.,—kiesel, flint, guhr, fermentation.

Usage

In literature:

Lithofracteur, for instance, consists of 50% nitroglycerin and a mixture of prepared sawdust, kieselguhr and barium nitrate.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 9" by Various
Nitroglycerine, when absorbed in a porous earth called 'Kieselguhr', is called dynamite.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia" by Various
Kieselguhr is a very powerful adsorbent, and only a little will do much good; it is, however, hardly sufficient alone.
"Animal Proteins" by Hugh Garner Bennett
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