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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A colorless vitreous potassium chloride mineral, the major ore of potassium.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as sylvine.

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  • noun mineralogy A saline evaporite, consisting of potassium chloride KCl, also found in fumaroles.

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  • noun a mineral consisting of native potassium chloride; an important ore of potassium that is found in sedimentary beds

Etymologies

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

[Alteration of sylvine, from French, from New Latin (sāl dīgestīvus) Sylviī, (digestive salt) of Sylvius, probably after Franz de la Boë, or Franciscus Sylvius, (1614–1672), German-born Dutch physician.]

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From Late Latin sal digestivus sylvii, potassium chloride, and -ite.

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