noun sap·o·nite \ˈsa-pə-ˌnīt\

Definition of SAPONITE

:  a hydrous magnesium aluminum silicate occurring in soft soapy amorphous masses and filling veins and cavities (as in serpentine)

Origin of SAPONITE

Swedish saponit, from Latin sapon-, sapo soap
First Known Use: circa 1849


Next Word in the Dictionary: saporPrevious Word in the Dictionary: saponinAll Words Near: saponite
March 30, 2015
amphibology Hear it
A phrase with more than one interpretation
Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears