kainite

kainite

[kahy-nahyt, key-]
noun
a mineral, hydrous sulfate of magnesium and potassium chloride, occurring in granular crystalline masses, a source of potassium salts.

Origin:
1865–70; < German Kainit. See caino-, -ite1

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kainite (ˈkaɪnaɪt)
 
n
a white mineral consisting of potassium chloride and magnesium sulphate: a fertilizer and source of potassium salts. Formula: KCl.MgSO4.3H2O
 
[C19: from German Kainit, from Greek kainos new + -ite1]

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kainite

a naturally occurring double salt, hydrated potassium and magnesium sulfate-chloride, KMgSO4Cl3H2O. It has been found only in potash deposits and is the principal constituent of the large salt deposits in middle and northern Germany. Water decomposes kainite to epsomite and sylvite. For chemical formula and detailed physical properties, see sulfate mineral (table)

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