pearlite

noun
pearl·​ite | \ˈpər(-ə)-ˌlīt \

Definition of pearlite 

: the lamellar mixture of ferrite and cementite in slowly cooled iron-carbon alloys occurring normally as a principal constituent of both steel and cast iron

Other Words from pearlite

pearlitic \ˌpər-​ˈli-​tik \ adjective

First Known Use of pearlite

1888, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pearlite

French perlite, from perle pearl

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