evap·​o·​rite | \ i-ˈva-pə-ˌrīt How to pronounce evaporite (audio) \

Definition of evaporite

: a sedimentary rock (such as gypsum) that originates by evaporation of seawater in an enclosed basin

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Other Words from evaporite

evaporitic \ i-​ˌva-​pə-​ˈri-​tik How to pronounce evaporitic (audio) \ 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, "Here’s what happened in the impact crater the day it did in the dinos," 15 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of evaporite

1924, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for evaporite

evaporation + -ite entry 1

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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 8 Aug. 2020.

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