pearl·​ite | \ ˈpər(-ə)-ˌlīt How to pronounce pearlite (audio) \

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

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Other Words from pearlite

pearlitic \ ˌpər-​ˈli-​tik How to pronounce pearlite (audio) \ adjective

Examples of pearlite in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For filling your bed, Wied suggests using a third topsoil, a third compost, and a third drainage material such as pearlite or vermiculite. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 1 Apr. 2021

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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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The first known use of pearlite was in 1888

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“Pearlite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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