infusorial earth

noun

in·​fu·​so·​ri·​al earth ˈin-fyü-ˈzȯr-ē-əl- How to pronounce infusorial earth (audio)
-ˈsȯr-

Word History

Etymology

infusorial "relating to or containing infusorians," from New Latin Infusoria "group of minute organisms found in infusions of decaying matter" + -al entry 1 — more at infusorian

First Known Use

1868, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of infusorial earth was in 1868

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Cite this Entry

“Infusorial earth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/infusorial%20earth. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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