evap·​o·​rite i-ˈva-pə-ˌrīt How to pronounce evaporite (audio)
: a sedimentary rock (such as gypsum) that originates by evaporation of seawater in an enclosed basin
evaporitic adjective

Examples of evaporite in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While 30% to 50% of the rock struck by the Chicxulub impactor was made up of evaporite deposits like salt and gypsum, almost none of that material is found in the core. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, 15 Sep. 2019

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evaporation + -ite entry 1

First Known Use

1924, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of evaporite was in 1924

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“Evaporite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/evaporite. Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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evap·​o·​rite i-ˈvap-ə-ˌrīt How to pronounce evaporite (audio)
: a sedimentary rock (as gypsum) that forms from evaporation of seawater in an enclosed basin

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