illite

noun
il·​lite | \ ˈi-ˌlīt How to pronounce illite (audio) \

Definition of illite

: any of a group of clay minerals having essentially the crystal structure of muscovite

Other Words from illite

illitic \ i-​ˈli-​tik How to pronounce illitic (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of illite

1937, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for illite

Illinois, state of U.S. + -ite entry 1

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“Illite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/illite. Accessed 26 May. 2020.

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