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noun (1)

chlo·​rite ˈklȯr-ˌīt How to pronounce chlorite (audio)
: any of a group of usually green silicate minerals associated with and resembling the micas
chloritic adjective


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noun (2)

: a salt containing the anion ClO2
chlorite of sodium

Examples of chlorite in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
An airborne hyperspectral survey (completed in 2022) indicates apparent zonation from magnesium-rich chlorite to iron-rich chlorite across the area and a broad zone of exhibiting a spectral signature of alunite-silica that are typical in the tops of porphyry copper systems. Miami Herald, 2 Apr. 2024 While the container’s style resembles other chlorite artifacts from the ancient Jiroft culture, other characteristics are unique. Sonja Anderson, Smithsonian Magazine, 20 Feb. 2024 The photos showed dozens of blue chemical drums containing nearly 10,000 pounds of sodium chlorite powder, thousands of bottles of MMS, and other items used in the manufacture and distribution of MMS. CBS News, 7 Oct. 2023 During the trial, prosecutors showed the jury photos and video of a shed in Jonathan Grenon's backyard in Bradenton, Florida, that had dozens of blue chemical drums containing nearly 10,000 pounds of sodium chlorite powder, with labels warning the product was toxic and harmful if swallowed. Luke Barr, ABC News, 6 Oct. 2023 Florida man and his sons charged with selling toxic chemical as a coronavirus cure to thousands The solution contains sodium chlorite and water, court records said. Rebekah Riess, CNN, 21 July 2023

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Word History


Noun (1)

German Chlorit, from Latin chloritis, a green stone, from Greek chlōritis, from chlōros

Noun (2)

probably from French, from chlor-

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1794, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1853, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of chlorite was in 1794

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Cite this Entry

“Chlorite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a usually green mineral associated with and resembling the micas

Medical Definition


chlo·​rite -ˌīt How to pronounce chlorite (audio)
: a salt containing the anion ClO2

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