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phyllosilicate

[fil-oh-sil-i-kit, -keyt] /ˌfɪl oʊˈsɪl ɪ kɪt, -ˌkeɪt/
noun
1.
any silicate mineral having the tetrahedral silicate groups linked in sheets, each group containing four oxygen atoms, three of which are shared with other groups so that the ratio of silicon atoms to oxygen atoms is two to five.
Origin of phyllosilicate
1945-1950
1945-50; phyllo- + silicate
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Examples from the web for phyllosilicate
  • Bentonite is an absorbent aluminum phyllosilicate generally impure clay consisting mostly of montmorillonite.
  • Characterized by abundant light-colored feldspar grains that contrast with the dark-colored phyllosilicate component.
  • There are many different phyllosilicate clay minerals.
  • phyllosilicate minerals: mica group, chlorite group.
British Dictionary definitions for phyllosilicate

phyllosilicate

/ˌfɪləʊˈsɪlɪkeɪt/
noun
1.
any of a class of silicate minerals, including talc, consisting of thin sheets
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