American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Made of, covered with, or crumbling to fine powder or dust.
- adj. Dusty; crumbly.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Dusty; consisting of fine powder; powdery: as, calcareous stone is sometimes found in the pulverulent form.
- In zoology, finely powdery or dusty, as a surface; especially, covered as if powdered with very minute scales, as an insect.
- In botany: Covered as if with powder or dust; pulveraceous: said of surfaces.
- Of very slight cohesion: said of tissues.
- Addicted to lying and rolling in the dust, as fowls.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Consisting of, or reducible to, fine powder; covered with dust or powder; powdery; dusty.
- Latin pulverulentus : from pulvis, pulver-, dust + -ulentus, abounding in. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Sago occurs in commerce in two states, pulverulent and granulated.”
The Commercial Products of the Vegetable Kingdom Considered in Their Various Uses to Man and in Their Relation to the Arts and Manufactures; Forming a Practical Treatise & Handbook of Reference for the Colonist, Manufacturer, Merchant, and Consumer, on the Cultivation, Preparation for Shipment, and Commercial Value, &c. of the Various Substances Obtained From Trees and Plants, Entering into the Husbandry of Tropical and Sub-tropical Regions, &c.
“Nearly all the face of the country was covered with alkali dust, which, in a light, pulverulent state, rose and filled the air at the slightest breeze or other disturbance.”
“These are plants growing in sea or fresh water, or on damp surfaces, with a filamentous, or more rarely a leaf-like pulverulent or gelatinous thallus; the last two forms essentially microscopic.”
“Of these the most important is the proper admixture of the ingredients, and the condition of the manure as regards dryness, complete reduction to the pulverulent state, and the like.”
“_ -- The species of starch to which this name is given is characterised by its dissolving in boiling water, and giving a white pulverulent deposit in cooling.”
“The metallic compounds formed by the combination of persulphomolybdic acid with a base are pulverulent, in many cases of a red colour, and for the most part insoluble in water.”
“Chelsea to Clapham was lengthened, first into a loop of side streets, and then when the first pulverulent snows told that Christmas was at hand, into a new loop down King's Road, and once even through the”
“In northern China an area as large as France is deeply covered with a yellow pulverulent earth called loess (German, loose), which many consider a dust deposit blown from the great”
“Almost any basket could be utilized on occasion for separating fine from coarse particles of food or other pulverulent substances, but special forms were sometimes made for the purpose, having varying degrees of refinement to suit the material to be separated.”
Prehistoric Textile Art of Eastern United States Thirteenth Annual Report of the Beaurau of American Ethnology to the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution 1891-1892, Government Printing Office, Washington, 1896 pages 3-46
“Simple cerate, wax, spermaceti, or suet; or in some instances, a pulverulent substance, such as starch, boric acid, and zinc oxide.”
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