Definitions

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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun mineralogy A soft clayey mineral of whitish or greyish colour.

Etymologies

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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.

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