diatomaceous earth

noun

Definition of diatomaceous earth 

: a light friable siliceous material derived chiefly from diatom remains and used especially as a filter

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She coated images of Civil War battlefields with varnish made from diatomaceous earth, as if summoning them directly from soil where the fallen lay. Cate Mcquaid, BostonGlobe.com, "At PEM, Sally Mann stays outside the comfort zone," 12 July 2018 My dog would not tolerate sharing the yard with ducks or chickens, so applying diatomaceous earth (DE) to remaining leaves is about the only option left to me. Margaret Lauterbach, idahostatesman, "Consider all insect control measures carefully as earwigs, squash bugs move in," 22 June 2018 Ones like the Hitachiya Konro are made of diatomaceous earth brick, a natural insulator that keeps charcoal burning longer than other grills. Elaheh Nozari, Bon Appetit, "From Novice to Pitmaster, the Best Grills for Every Home Cook," 13 June 2018 Lay the Groundwork Brooke sprinkled the Hanley Gold gravel with diatomaceous earth, a natural powder that keeps the coop dry and pest-free. Natalie Schumann, Country Living, "This Couple Built the Chicken Coop of Our Dreams and It's So Charming," 9 Mar. 2018 The product — like the rest of the range — contains interesting ingredients such as diatomaceous earth, which is literally from volcanoes. Kathryn Romeyn, The Hollywood Reporter, "This Is the Haircare Line Used on Superheroes," 6 Nov. 2017

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1883, in the meaning defined above

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