silex

noun
si·​lex | \ ˈsī-ˌleks How to pronounce silex (audio) \

Definition of silex

: silica or a siliceous material (such as powdered tripoli) especially for use as a filler in paints or wood

Examples of silex in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Pompeii's streets were paved with silex, or cooled lava stone. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, 15 May 2019

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First Known Use of silex

circa 1592, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for silex

Latin silic-, silex hard stone, flint

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The first known use of silex was circa 1592

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“Silex.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/silex. Accessed 5 Aug. 2021.

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silex

noun
si·​lex | \ ˈsī-ˌleks How to pronounce silex (audio) \

Medical Definition of silex

: silica or a siliceous material especially for use as a filler in paints or wood or as a dental material

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