from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A white, gray, pink, or black mineral, MgSO4·KCl·3H2O, used as a fertilizer and a source of potassium compounds.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A saline evaporite, consisting of magnesium sulphate and potassium chloride with the chemical formula MgSO4·KCl·3H2O, found in German salt mines.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A compound salt consisting chiefly of potassium chloride and magnesium sulphate, occurring at the Stassfurt salt mines in Prussian Saxony.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A hydrous magnesium sulphate with potassium chlorid, occurring in beds of considerable extent at the salt-mines of Stassfurt, Germany.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a white mineral consisting of magnesium sulphate and potassium chloride; a source of potassium salts; used as a fertilizer
Greek kainos, new; see ken- in Indo-European roots + -ite1.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)