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pearlite

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noun pearl·ite \ˈpər(-ə)-ˌlīt\

Definition of pearlite

  1. :  the lamellar mixture of ferrite and cementite in slowly cooled iron-carbon alloys occurring normally as a principal constituent of both steel and cast iron

pearlitic play \ˌpər-ˈli-tik\ adjective


Origin of pearlite

French perlite, from perle pearl


First Known Use: 1888


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