attapulgite

[at-uh-puhl-jahyt]
noun
a clay mineral, basic hydrous silicate of magnesium and aluminum, the active ingredient of fuller's earth.

Origin:
named after Attapulgus, town in SW Georgia, U.S., near source of supply; see -ite1

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The poultice was prepared from attapulgite clay mixed with mineral spirits to the consistency of peanut butter.
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