diatomaceous earth


Definition of diatomaceous earth

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

Examples of diatomaceous earth in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These sleek, modern dog bowls from Dorai Home come with a base made from diatomaceous earth. Amanda Lauren, Forbes, 30 Sep. 2021 Here, the attack includes neem oil, diatomaceous earth, and hydrogen peroxide. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, 21 May 2021 Plug up any gaps in the windows or paneling, placing diatomaceous earth or cedar chips to ward off insects. Andrew Hard, chicagotribune.com, 22 Jan. 2021 There is a huge chunk of diatomaceous earth in one corner — the limestone-like soils prevalent in the Sta. Matt Kettmann, SFChronicle.com, 23 June 2020 In fact, diatomaceous earth's odor- and moisture-absorbing properties come from its naturally high silica content. Brie Dyas, Country Living, 12 June 2020 Adding to that education is a library worth of wine-growing and winemaking books as well as soil samples from around the county, showing visitors what diatomaceous earth, marine sand, clay and limestone look like. Matt Kettmann, SFChronicle.com, 22 June 2020 There are three types of filters commonly used: sand, cartridge and diatomaceous earth (DE). Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, 14 June 2020 Longoria moved all operations and his tasting room to the heart of Lompoc in 2014, buying a property that once served as the employee club for the nearby diatomaceous earth mine. Matt Kettmann, SFChronicle.com, 22 June 2020

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First Known Use of diatomaceous earth

1883, in the meaning defined above

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“Diatomaceous earth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diatomaceous%20earth. Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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