from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A species of clay, or hydrous silicate of aluminium, used by the ancients as a remedy for erysipelas and other inflammatory diseases.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (Min.) A soft, earthy, clayey mineral, of whitish or grayish color.
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- noun mineralogy A soft
clayey mineralof whitish or greyish colour.
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First attested in 1801; formed as Latin Cimōlia (from the Ancient Greek Κιμωλία γῆ, Kimōlia gē, “earth of Cimolus” — Cimōlus is the former name of Argentiera) + English -ite.
Creta cimolia (cimolite) was probably the earth most frequently used.