diatomite
Infusorial In`fu*so"ri*al, a. (Zo["o]l.) Belonging to the Infusoria; composed of, or containing, Infusoria; as, infusorial earth. [1913 Webster]

{Infusorial earth} (Geol.), a deposit of fine, usually white, siliceous material, composed mainly of the shells of the microscopic plants called diatoms; also called {diatomaceous earth}, {kieselguhr}, and {diatomite}. It is used in polishing powder, and in the manufacture of dynamite. [1913 Webster +PJC]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • diatomite — [dī at′ə mīt΄] n. a light colored, soft sedimentary rock formed mainly of the siliceous shells of diatoms and used in a finely pulverized state as an abrasive, absorbent, filter, etc.: also called diatomaceous earth * * * di·at·o·mite (dī ătʹə… …   Universalium

  • diatomite — [dī at′ə mīt΄] n. a light colored, soft sedimentary rock formed mainly of the siliceous shells of diatoms and used in a finely pulverized state as an abrasive, absorbent, filter, etc.: also called diatomaceous earth …   English World dictionary

  • diatomite — diatomaceous earth di a*to*ma ceous earth (Geol.), a deposit of fine, usually white, siliceous material, composed mainly of the shells of the microscopic plants called diatoms; also called {infusorial earth}, {kieselguhr}, and {diatomite}. It is… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • diatomite — di·at·o·mite dī at ə .mīt n a light friable siliceous material derived chiefly from diatom remains and used esp. as a filter called also diatomaceous earth * * * di·at·o·mite (di atґə mīt) infusorial earth (diatomaceous earth) in a dry …   Medical dictionary

  • diatomite —    A light colored, soft, siliceous sedimentary rock consisting chiefly of opaline diatom frustules deposited in a lacustrine or marine environment. Diatomite has a number of uses owing to its high surface area, absorptive capacity, and relative… …   Glossary of landform and geologic terms

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  • diatomite — noun Date: 1887 diatomaceous earth …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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