Diatomous
Diatomous Di*at"o*mous, a. [Gr. dia`tomos cut through, fr. diate`mnein to cut through; dia` through + te`mnein to cut. Cf. {Diatom}.] (Min.) Having a single, distinct, diagonal cleavage; -- said of crystals. --Mohs. [1913 Webster]

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  • diatomous — diatomous, a. Min. (daɪˈætəməs) [f. Gr. διάτοµ ος cut through (see diatom) + ous.] ‘Having crystals with one distinct diagonal cleavage’. in Craig; and in later Dicts …   Useful english dictionary

  • Bacillariae — Diatom Di a*tom (d[imac] [.a]*t[o^]m), n. [Gr. dia tomos cut in two. See {Diatomous}.] 1. (Bot.) One of the {Diatomace[ae]}, a family of minute unicellular Alg[ae] having a siliceous covering of great delicacy, each individual multiplying by… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Diatom — Di a*tom (d[imac] [.a]*t[o^]m), n. [Gr. dia tomos cut in two. See {Diatomous}.] 1. (Bot.) One of the {Diatomace[ae]}, a family of minute unicellular Alg[ae] having a siliceous covering of great delicacy, each individual multiplying by spontaneous …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • diatomaceous — di a*to*ma ceous (d[imac] [.a]*t[ o]*m[=a] sh[u^]s), a. [See {Diatomous}.] consisting of or containing diatoms or their fossils; as, diatomaceous earth (used as a component of dynamite). [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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