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[see-pee-uh-lahyt] /ˈsi pi əˌlaɪt/
noun, Mineralogy
meerschaum (def 1).
Origin of sepiolite
1850-55; < German Sepiolit < Greek sḗpio(n) cuttlebone, pounce (derivative of sēpía sepia) + German -lit -lite Unabridged
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Examples from the web for sepiolite
  • Our latest approach focuses on the use of sepiolite clay to tailor the synthesis of carbonaceous materials.
  • Other phases such as mirabilite, sepiolite and highly soluble salts control solution composition under yet more saline conditions.
  • Hydrothermal veining due to nearby volCanism may have been the cause for calcite-silica-sepiolite veining seen in the area.
  • sepiolite and montmorillonite demonstrate higher adsorptive capacities in comparison with other clays.
British Dictionary definitions for sepiolite


another name for meerschaum (sense 1)
Word Origin
C19: from German Sepiolith, from Greek sēpion bone of a cuttlefish; see sepia, -lite
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