palygorskite

noun

pal·​y·​gor·​skite
ˌpaləˈgȯrˌskīt
plural -s
: a hydrous basic silicate (Mg3, Al2)Si4O10(OH)2.H2O of magnesium and aluminum that belongs to the family of clay minerals

Word History

Etymology

modification of German paligorskit, from the locality in the Ural mountains near which it was found

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“Palygorskite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/palygorskite. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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