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halloysite

[huh-loi-sahyt, -zahyt, ha-] /həˈlɔɪ saɪt, -zaɪt, hæ-/
noun
1.
a refractory clay mineral similar in composition to kaolinite.
Origin of halloysite
1820-1830
1820-30; after Jean-Baptiste-Julien Omalius d'Halloy (1783-1875), Belgian geologist; with -site for -ite1, after mineral names formed from surnames ending in s
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