anhydrite

noun
an·​hy·​drite | \ (ˌ)an-ˈhī-ˌdrīt How to pronounce anhydrite (audio) \

Definition of anhydrite

: a mineral consisting of an anhydrous calcium sulfate that is usually massive and white or slightly colored

Examples of anhydrite in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Below 136 degrees Fahrenheit, gypsum is the more stable compound, and anhydrite will effortlessly dissolve in water, creating the building blocks for gypsum. Robin George Andrews, National Geographic, "These human-size crystals formed in especially strange ways," 22 Oct. 2019 Gypsum’s crystal makeup can accommodate a lot of water, producing plenty of volume using a relatively small mass of anhydrite. Robin George Andrews, National Geographic, "These human-size crystals formed in especially strange ways," 22 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of anhydrite

1805, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for anhydrite

German Anhydrit, from Greek anydros

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“Anhydrite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/anhydrite. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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