kainite

noun
kai·​nite | \ ˈkī-ˌnīt How to pronounce kainite (audio) , ˈkā- \
variants: or less commonly kainit \ kī-​ˈnēt How to pronounce kainite (audio) \

Definition of kainite

: a natural salt KMg(SO4)Cl·3H2O consisting of a hydrous sulfate and chloride of magnesium and potassium that is used as a fertilizer and as a source of potassium and magnesium compounds

First Known Use of kainite

1868, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for kainite

German Kainit, from Greek kainos new — more at recent

Learn More About kainite

Time Traveler for kainite

Time Traveler

The first known use of kainite was in 1868

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near kainite

kaingin

kainite

kainosite

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for kainite

Cite this Entry

“Kainite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kainite. Accessed 16 Jan. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on kainite

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about kainite

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Thing: Flower Edition

True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!