Definitions

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

  • adj. Containing, resembling, relating to, or consisting of silica.

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  • adj. of, relating to, consisting of, or resembling silica

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to silica; containing silica, or partaking of its nature.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • See silicious.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. relating to or containing or resembling silica

Etymologies

From Latin siliceus, of flint, from silex, silic-, flint.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • The researchers found that while a vast majority of the minerals that make up ash are highly reactive and soon decay, about two percent by volume are made up of a stable group of minerals called siliceous aggregates.

    Quest for Ash

  • Consolidation through the concretion of substances dissolved in the sea is unlikely, for, in the first place, there are strata, such as siliceous matter, which are insoluble, and which could not therefore have been in solution; and, in the second place, the appearance of the strata is contrary to this supposition.

    The World's Greatest Books — Volume 15 — Science

  • Alpine bedrocks can be divided into two major groups: calcareous rocks and siliceous material.

    Alps conifer and mixed forests

  • Diatoms have non-growing siliceous shells and thus need silicate for growth while dinoflagellates move by the action of tail-like projections called flagella.

    General description of the Arctic biota

  • These are free crystalline silica known to cause silicosis, a disabling and potential fatal lung disease typically found in miners and quarry workers exposed to high concentrations of siliceous dust over long periods of time.

    Volcanic Ash -- Effects on Health and Mitigation Strategies

  • In general, the best biological indicators are those with good preservation potential, for example, siliceous, chitinized, or (under neutral to alkaline pH conditions) carbonaceous body parts.

    Historical changes in freshwater ecosystems in the Arctic

  • Gently sloping sand plains of medium textured red earths, sandy loams and red earth sands are separated from dune formations of red siliceous sand and red earth sands by a transitional zone comprising largely very coarse siliceous sand.

    Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia

  • These stones are more sensitive to acid than siliceous ones.

    Protect Your Investment: Stone Countertops

  • Heath forest is found on well-drained acidic soils (pH lass than 4) with a low clay content, derived from siliceous rocks under ever-wet conditions.

    Sundaland heath forests

  • These were found only in the valleys of rivers that flow toward the northeastern coast, between Mayarí and Baracoa, at heights between 200 and 400 m and on red mountainous soils over siliceous or basic igneous rock.

    Cuban moist forests

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