zeolite

See also: zéolite

EnglishEdit

 
Heulandite, a common zeolite mineral
 
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EtymologyEdit

From Swedish zeolit, and its source, New Latin zeolites, from Ancient Greek ζέω (zéō, to boil, bubble) +‎ -lite.

NounEdit

zeolite (countable and uncountable, plural zeolites)

  1. (mineralogy) Any of several minerals, aluminosilicates of sodium, potassium, calcium or magnesium, that have a porous structure (originally, those which swelled and gave off water when heated); they are used in water softeners and in ion exchange chromatography. [from 18th c.]
    • 1962, WH Auden & Elizabeth Mayer, translating JW Goethe, Italian Journey, Penguin 1970, p. 284:
      What I liked best were the zeolites from the stacks which rise out of the sea off the coast near Jaci.

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NounEdit

zeolite f (plural zeoliti)

  1. (mineralogy) zeolite