saponite
noun Etymology: Swedish saponit, from Latin sapon-, sapo soap Date: circa 1849 a hydrous magnesium aluminum silicate occurring in soft soapy amorphous masses and filling veins and cavities (as in serpentine)

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  • Saponite — General Category Smectite, phyllosilicate Chemical formula Ca0.25(Mg,Fe)3((Si,Al)4O10)(OH)2·n(H2O) Strunz classification 9.EC.45 …   Wikipedia

  • saponite — ● saponite nom féminin Silicate hydraté naturel de magnésium et d aluminium, blanchâtre, onctueux, monoclinique. saponite [sapɔnit] n. f. ÉTYM. 1870; de sapon , et suff. ite. ❖ ♦ Chim. Silicate hydraté naturel de magnésium et d aluminium …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Saponite — Sap o*nite, n. [Sw. saponit, fr. L. sapo, onis, soap.] (Min.) A hydrous silicate of magnesia and alumina. It occurs in soft, soapy, amorphous masses, filling veins in serpentine and cavities in trap rock. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • saponite — [sap′ənīt΄] n. [Swed saponit < L sapo: see SAPONIFY & ITE1] a complex hydrous silicate of aluminum and magnesium, a light colored, soft clay mineral, often found in veins and cavities in serpentine and basaltic rocks …   English World dictionary

  • saponite — /sap euh nuyt /, n. a clay mineral, hydrous magnesium aluminum silicate, belonging to the montmorillonite group: found as a soft filling in rock cavities. [1840 50; < Sw saponit < L sapon (s. of sapo) SOAP + Sw it ITE1] * * *       clay mineral… …   Universalium

  • saponite — (sa po ni t ) s. m. Minéral talqueux, sorte de stéatite …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • saponite — sa·po·nì·te s.f. TS mineral. minerale di colore variabile dal bianco al grigio giallastro e di consistenza saponosa, che cristallizza nel sistema monoclino e viene usato nella fabbricazione di piccoli gioielli {{line}} {{/line}} DATA: 1875 …   Dizionario italiano

  • saponite — sap·o·nite …   English syllables

  • saponite — sap•o•nite [[t]ˈsæp əˌnaɪt[/t]] n. mir a clay mineral, hydrous magnesium aluminum silicate, belonging to the montmorillonite group: found as a soft filling in rock cavities • Etymology: 1840–50; < Sw saponit < L sāpō soap …   From formal English to slang

  • saponite — /ˈsæpənaɪt/ (say sapuhnuyt) noun a soft amorphous mineral found in certain rock cavities consisting of a silicate of magnesium and aluminium. {Swedish saponit, calque of German seifenstein} …   Australian English dictionary

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