from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Made of, covered with, or crumbling to fine powder or dust.
  • adj. Dusty; crumbly.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Consisting of, covered with, or disintegrating into a fine powder; powdery; dusty.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Consisting of, or reducible to, fine powder; covered with dust or powder; powdery; dusty.

from The 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.


Latin pulverulentus : from pulvis, pulver-, dust + -ulentus, abounding in.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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